September 2017 Update from the Ashland Hawk Watch

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Bald Eagle at the Ashland Hawk Watch by David Brown

Broad-winged Hawks and Kestrels Galore!

The Ashland Hawk Watch began on September 1st. For the first three weeks, Broad-winged Hawk numbers were below average as this species seemed to be taking a more westerly route as evidenced by huge numbers at Pennsylvania ridge sites. However, on the afternoon of September 22nd, the floodgates opened and over 1800 Broad-winged Hawks migrated through in huge kettles. The single-day record of American Kestrels (56) was broken in a single hour and the total for the day was 106. The flight of Broad-winged Hawks continued on September 23rd when more than 4500 were counted with most passing in a few hours in the morning.

Non-Raptor Observations at the Hawk Watch

Common Ravens are frequently flying around the area and multiple Olive-sided Flycatchers perched near the hawk watch in early September. A Red-headed Woodpecker was seen on September 20th.

New This Year: Follow the Watch Live on Dunkadoo!

In addition to keeping the traditional paper records, we are using Dunkadoo to submit raptor and weather data from the field. The count data can be viewed live on the Dunkadoo website and on

  Watch the Numbers Come in Live on Dunkadoo >>

Come Join Us

I encourage visitors of all ability levels to join us on the hill. We are also seeking additional volunteers to serve as hawk watchers and data recorders.

David Brown, Hawkwatch Coordinator, Ashland Hawk Watch

Featured Image: Bald Eagle at the Ashland Hawk Watch by David Brown

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