Monday, September 13, 2010

Hawk Watch Season

The Putney Mountain Hawk Watch season has had a strange beginning with unseasonably hot weather during the first week of September, followed by unseasonably cold weather. In spite of gray overcast skies, there was some Broad-winged Hawk movement on Friday, and again on Sunday. Saturday, a clear, bright, seasonable September day had very few raptors flying - go figure.

Almost the single, truly visible exception on Saturday was this Bald Eagle which passed low over the ridge ...

Bald Eagle over Putney Mountain

Cedar Waxwings are typically common to abundant in the trees surrounding the watch site, often accompanied by juveniles. Saturday there were a few Cedar Waxwings doing their seasonal flycatching. With much patience, and a dollop of luck, I captured this adult as it fed from the branches of a white pine ...

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Tomorrow is the 14th. Last year on this date, I saw fledgling waxwings being fed by parents. Wish me luck ... and since it is my day as official counter ... good hawk watching.


Unknown said...

I wish you the very best of luck! The eagle is magnificent. Seeing him must have been pure, unadulterated exhilaration!

Anonymous said...

Well, that just goes to show you. I read an article about Cedars Waxwings and it went on and on about it nearly pure fruit diet, 98% ect. Go figure.

These shots are pretty cool.

FAB said...

Hi Chris. Thanks for creating a link on my blog to remind me that it was Hawk Watch season at Putnet Mtn. Hope you have a good day and I'll be checking in for the daily counts. Cheers FAB.

Monique et Daniel said...

Superbes photos, "live" de grands oiseaux!
Vous prenez ces photos comme tout le monde souhaiterait pouvoir les prendre!

Dawn Fine said...

OMgoodness..that last photo is awesome!


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