Thursday, September 24, 2009

MIgration begins in earnest

Sometimes they come in bunches, often they are singles. Some are neatly packaged in a tight, folded tuck piercing the air like a missile while others are
in full sail displaying to the world beneath their every feature. Some fan the air with their wings rather lazily, others frantically. Pete Dunne calls these
migrating birds “wind masters.” Most folks refer to them simply as hawks.
Let?s be clear on definitions. The term “hawk” can be loosely tossed about and mean different things to different people. For today?s discussion, I am
referring to the diurnal raptors – hawks, eagles, falcons, kites and vultures.
Hawk watching is a specific subset of the birding hobby and one which gathers considerable steam during this time of year. It?s the fall migration after all.
Most of the American raptor species nest to the north of us making passage through our area inevitable twice a year. The trick in seeing them is catching
the right day.

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