Be real careful about identifying Broad-Winged hawks this early in the
spring. The regular hawkwatches down in southern Texas have only just
started to see a handful of birds coming across the border from Mexico.
Years of radar studies there confirm the bulk of the migration crosses
the border over only a few weeks from late March into early April. Not
to say there can't be a few "early birds," but just to be aware they're
still really rare this far north until well into April.
For folks who may not be aware-- the entire population of Broad-Wings
picks up more or less at once in the fall and entirely vacates the
continent for their wintering grounds in northern South America and
Central America, and comes back in the spring in the same way, pretty
much all at once.
On 3/24/2011 8:18 AM, MARIE HEMEON wrote:
> We have 96 spp. so as of this morning. 4 more to go in order to break
> our first 100. I believe we could do that this weekend. To that end,
> I hope everyone can grab the binos this weekend and enter a list or
> 2. Remember, they don't have to be new species, even the commoners
> are good and increase our knowledge. Suggestions for you all. 1.
> Ducks are coming thru right now. Lake Paran and Miller's Pond are
> great spots. Based on personal observations, they come in in the
> evening just as it is getting dark. IN numbers. Have a good scope to
> help pick them out but, your binos will get most. There must be other
> spots. If you know of flooded cornfields, puddle ducks seem to like
> these. There must be other lakes starting to open up. Let us know
> about them. 2. Still need Phoebes, it is on the early side but, they
> have been found in Windham. Keep your ears open. 3. Sparrows. They
> have started to show but, the next couple of weeks should see greater
> diversity. Keep an eye on the ground under your feeders. 4. Hawks.
> Broad-wings should be starting and have had a sighting or 2 in other
> counties. We still need Red-shouldered too. Any should be good to
> list though.
> Just one of the county captains butting in. LOL Hope to see some of
> you out there. Look forward to some more lists. Enjoy Kevin (not
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