Hawk Watch Season Begins in Acadia

 

Birds are on the move across the continent. Shorebirds, songbirds, waders, most are migrating from northerly breeding grounds toward life-sustaining food resources where birds will spend winter some distances to the south.  Birds of prey are also on the move as evidenced by today’s tally atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

This is the 23rd season for monitoring the hawk flight in Acadia.  Schoodic Institute coordinates a dedicated team of volunteers and park rangers to collect the data. The  annual count, which begins in August and wraps up in late October, averages about 3000 hawks.

An immature Bald Eagle photographed by Seth Benz

 

Cadillac Mt., Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours
Official Counter Jim Zeman, Mickey Shortt
Observers: Jim Zeman, Kathy Zeman, Seth Benz, Valerie Griffin

Visitors:
95 visitors

Weather:
Sunny with a NNW wind 11.9 mph switching to NNW by 10am and then to NE by 12. No haze today.

Raptor Observations:
3 immature Broad Winged Hawks were identified. Also 2 male and 2 female Kestrels. One Kestrel was seen eating a dragonfly.

Non-raptor Observations:
28 Dragonflies were counted. 4 Monarch Butterflies. 3 Blue Jays, 1 Northern Flicker, 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Sandpipers, 2 Double-crested Cormorants. 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.