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The First Big Kettles of 2012

September 25, 2012

By Rafael Galvez

Between 15:00 and 16:00, 308 migrated over FKH, often in large mixed flocks.
Photo by Ted Keyel.

Plain and simple, today was an excellent day at the hawkwatch: a total of 750 individual raptors were tallied. Only 10 days from the start of the season, we could hardly ask for a better day.

One of 125 Peregrine Falcons observed today from FKH. 51 flew by between 15-16:00.
Photo by Ted Keyel.

With winds predominantly out of the NNW ranging from 7 to 18 km/h, birds had favorable conditions for “southbound” flights despite mild and intermittent precipitation during the midday hours.

Between 15-16:00, 189 Broad-winged Hawks flew over the hawkwatch.
Photo by Ted Keyel.

Raptor totals for September 25, 2012:

Turkey Vulture – 2
Osprey – 83
Swallow-tailed Kite – 3
Mississippi Kite – 10
Northern Harrier – 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 54
Cooper’s Hawk – 47
Red-shouldered Hawk – 2
Broad-winged Hawk – 216
American Kestrel – 135
Merlin – 43
Peregrine Falcon – 125
Unknown raptor – 1
Total – 750

2012 Season Total – 2217





8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2012 11:45 pm

    Other notable species at Curry Hammock State Park included a Swainson’s Warbler at the Fat Deer Trail, Northern Waterthrushes and several Chuck-will’s Widows.

  2. Jenn C permalink
    September 26, 2012 12:23 am

    sounds like an amazing day!

  3. Susan Sorensen permalink
    September 26, 2012 7:34 am

    WOOOOOT!!! I’m happy!!

  4. September 26, 2012 8:41 am

    keep it up!

  5. Diane Reed permalink
    September 26, 2012 8:55 am

    Great photos! PEFAs are beginning to show up in the area here in NEFL and ospreys are moving through in nice groups. Looking forward to a good start here. Diane Reed, St Augustine FL

  6. Tom Wasilewski permalink
    September 26, 2012 2:58 pm

    Rafael and others-
    Thank you for the hawk/ and other birds observation reports and of course for the excellent photos you are sharing with us.
    tom wasilewski
    Edinboro, PA

  7. Kerry permalink
    September 27, 2012 1:52 am

    Rafael- We had a great time observing the Hawkwatch at Curry Hammock on Tuesday! Thanks for sharing your expertise with me and John and Annette. ALso, thanks to whoever figured out I left my Sibley guide 🙂
    Southern Pines, NC

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