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FKH18 – First Week – Highlights!

September 13, 2018

One of many migrant Ospreys past the hawkwatch. Photo by Lindsey Duval.

The 2018 season began a week later than normal due to housing complications from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, but we have hit the ground running. The first five days of the Hawkwatch have produced 698 raptors of ten different species, with Osprey being the most common by far with 444 flying by.


The unmistakable Swallow-tailed Kite. Photo by Lindsey Duval.

Despite the late start, we have had good numbers of both Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites, both known for being early-season migrants. The first Broad-winged Hawk was seen on Tuesday, followed by two more on Wednesday. And of course the most famous bird for the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, the Peregrine Falcon, is off to a great start with 40 migrating past!


A nice Yellow-throated Warbler from Long Key State Park. Photo by Lindsey Duval.

In addition to the Hawkwatch, the transect counts at Long Key State Park have provided some good birding. We have had 12 species of warbler so far including: many Prairie Warblers and Northern Waterthrushes, several Worm-eating Warblers and Yellow-throated Warbler, and a single male Cape May Warbler still in brilliant breeding plumage.


One of the Whimbrels seen from the wrack line at Long Key State Park. Photo by Lindsey Duval.

Park management has been kind enough to grant us special access to stretches of the shoreline that are still being repaired from the hurricane, which has allowed us to find 10 species of shorebirds, including Black-bellied Plovers, Western Sandpipers, a Sanderling, and two Whimbrels. Hopefully a true rarity will show up in the park soon!

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