Ah! Hadn't thought of that possibility, but you're right it is
possible, even if pretty unusual.
I've been scratching my head trying to figure out what could be kettling
this time of year, smack in the height of the nest-tending season for
most raptors, but you may just have solved the mystery.
On 6/3/2012 8:12 PM, Peter Riley wrote:
> It's unusual, but not entirely out of the question, that you saw the last of the spring migrants still heading north. The late migrants are usually birds that are not going to breed for any variety of reasons, i.e. age, sickness, lack of genetic make up, etc. They are still motivated to come north but they probably won't claim or defend territory. Cool!
> > Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:22:25 -0400
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>> That's exactly why we're outside - aware!! What fun!!
>> Ruth Stewart
>> E. Dorset, VT
>> > Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:05:37 -0400
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>>>> While Birding today:
>>>> I was in Pownal at a Dept of Fish and Wildlife Management area, trying to spot a Warbling Vireo in a tree without success, when
>>>> something made me look up...straight up.
>>>> There way, way up were 5 circling birds.... Turkey Vultures? My 1st thought, Nope .... not , Raptors! Buteos!
>>>> What kind....they were way up and directly overhead...Aha.... 4 of them seem to be Broad-Wing Hawks...what is the 5th?
>>>> Don't know.... too high... a Red Shouldered Hawk? a Red Tail?.....
>>>> Anyway two of them start "playing" swoop and twirl, swoop and twirl ... they get higher and: Whoa! A 6th Bird joins the kettle,
>>>> It circles once and then glides majestically away south..... It's a Juvenile Bald Eagle! (no white on head or tail probably a 1st year?)
>>>> oh.... it has an escort.... another raptor: #7 .... This looks to be an Accipiter. A Coopers? A Sharp -Shin? again, can't say too high.
>>>> The 5 in the original group head out of view north.
>>>> I simply grin and say "Wow"!
>>> So.... my questions: Were these young Broad-wings?
>>> Could the "play" between 2 of them be courtship?
>>> What are the chances of seeing 7 Raptors of at least 3 different kinds, in Bennington in June at the same time ?
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