I've seen a few hawks the last few weeks in juvenile plumage, though I'm
not sure if they are young of the year or it's retained from last year, so
maybe it was a family of Broad-wings that attracted a few others raptors to
see when all the fuss was about. The chasing could have been the adults
teaching the young how to fly/hunt, or just two youngsters testing out
On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Susan Fogleman <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Check out HawkCount www.hawkcount.org to see that there are a number
> spring migration watch sites still "on the job" counting those late
> Susan Fogleman
> Campton NH
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> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jane Stein
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> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Raptors
> 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
> >> From: [log in to unmask]
> >> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Raptors
> >> To: [log in to unmask]
> >> That's exactly why we're outside - aware!! What fun!!
> >> Ruth Stewart
> >> E. Dorset, VT
> >> > Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:05:37 -0400
> >>> From: [log in to unmask]
> >>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Raptors
> >>> To: [log in to unmask]
> >>>> 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
> 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
> 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
> be courtship?
> >>> What are the chances of seeing 7 Raptors of at least 3 different
> kinds, in Bennington in June at the same time ?
> >>> Terri
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