Monday, September 16, 2013

Broad-winged Hawks - Putney Mountain

The Broad-winged Hawk flight exploded over Putney Mountain on Saturday (1100+), then continued on Sunday (1300+) and today (800+ when I left at 4:30).

A few images from the last three days at Vermont's only full-time hawk watch ...

Hawk Watchers count a kettle over the Connecticut River Valley
A small kettle of "broadies" - 20 birds ride the thermal up
Broad-winged Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
While the flight of "broadies" continued to be impressive today, the highlight for the day was the passage of five Bald Eagles in a 15 minute period - 4 adults and one hatch year bird ...

Bald Eagle
 It's still too early to be counting Turkey Vultures as migrating. They roost in Brattleboro and Bellows Falls then wander north, south, south, north, or wherever. But these masters of the wind currents are always fun to watch, and today they were flying low ...

Turkey Vulture
Good Birding!!

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