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Sunday, August 31, 2014  
Posted by: Kate Owens

Good day up on hawk hill, the weather was great, almost 80 degrees! We saw a juvenile golden eagle, although from a good distance was still a beautiful bird. We also had quite a good show of kestrels dancing across the hill.

Total Sightings: 145
Hours Counted: 3.62
HPH: 40.06
Total Species: 7

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 90
White-tailed Kite: 1
Northern Harrier: 2
Cooper's Hawk: 8
Red-tailed Hawk: 34
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 7

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 1
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Saturday, August 30, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw and Phoebe Parker-Shames

We kicked off the Labor Day weekend in style, with raptors aplenty, sunshine, sunburns and lots of hats being ripped off by the wind. Truly the perfect formula for the perfect birding day. We got a glimpse of some specks that ended up being our two large falcons--Prairie and Peregrine--and a slightly smaller speck that was our American kestrel for the day. We looked at Red-tailed hawks from just about every angle and a juvenile Red-shouldered hawk treated us to a spectacular back-lit fly-over!

Total Sightings: 169
Hours Counted: 4.17
HPH: 40.53
Total Species: 9

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 74
Osprey: 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 3
Cooper's Hawk: 2
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 74
American Kestrel: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 1

Unidentified...
Buteo: 4
Falcon: 1
Raptor: 4

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Friday, August 29, 2014  
Posted by: Kris Vanesky

We climbed the hill with views of beautiful blue skies, but alas, as we reached the top, the fog came rolling in. The fog refused to lift again for us today, but we had a wonderful time hanging out as a hawkwatch team. Hopefully tomorrow will bring back the blue skies.

Total Sightings: 0
Hours Counted: 0
HPH: 0
Total Species: 0

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Thursday, August 28, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames and Bridget Bradshaw

We ascended the hill in the hopes that our presence would burn the fog away. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and we spent a lot of time gazing hopefully into the fog. We got some nice long views of perched Red-tailed hawks, but that was the most exciting part of the day. Next time you're out on Hawk Hill, take the time to look at the new wing span tapes!

Total Sightings: 57
Hours Counted: 3.25
HPH: 17.54
Total Species: 3

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 38
Red-tailed Hawk: 18
American Kestrel: 1

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  
Posted by: Kate Owens

Today was a gorgeous day up on the hill! Sunny and lovely, if a little windy. We had a good deal of kestrel action early in the day, and were lucky enough to see a few cooper's hawks as well, as always the usual suspects of red tails and turkey vultures.

Total Sightings: 149
Hours Counted: 3.5
HPH: 42.6
Total Species: 6

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 63
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper's Hawk: 5
Red-tailed Hawk: 67
American Kestrel: 6

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 3
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 1
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames

It was a gloriously sunny (and slightly breezy) day, so we had good visibility for a nice day of hawk watching. We saw four ospreys, and one white-tailed kite flew right over the hill so we could get a closer look at this "flying angel" as one of the hawkwatchers called it. However, the highlight of the day was probably the Golden Eagle that went soaring over the ridge. The biggest disappointment of the day was when we saw a Northern Harrier as we were walking up to the hill, which meant we couldn't count it.

Total Sightings: 115
Hours Counted: 3.5
HPH: 32.86
Total Species: 7

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 64
Osprey: 4
White-tailed Kite: 2
Cooper's Hawk: 3
Red-tailed Hawk: 30
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 3

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 1
Raptor: 6

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Monday, August 25, 2014  
Posted by: Kate Owens

Beautiful sunny day! Although a little slow, we were lucky enough to see an osprey, but no prairie falcons yet. Better luck tomorrow!

Total Sightings: 108
Hours Counted: 5
HPH: 21.6
Total Species: 6

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 52
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 1
Northern Harrier: 2
Cooper's Hawk: 3
Red-tailed Hawk: 47

Unidentified...
Buteo: 2

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Sunday, August 24, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw and Matt Delgado

Upon summiting Hawk Hill we were immediately serenaded by a man with a ukelele and the day only got better from there! Everyone doused themselves with sunscreen and settled in for a long day of being barraged with Red-tailed Hawks. No matter how experienced a hawkwatcher you may be, an up-close look at the belly of a Red-tailed Hawk is a lovely sight. We were also treated to a high-altitude boxing match between a Cooper's Hawk and a Northern Harrier. Not sure who won, as they disappeared into the clouds. No sight of our resident bridge Peregrines but had a few American Kestrels go whizzing by. Still have our eyes on the horizon for the season's first Prarie. We'll pass it to you, Monday II. Sunday I out.

Total Sightings: 172
Hours Counted: 3.5
HPH: 49.14
Total Species: 8

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 101
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 1
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
Cooper's Hawk: 3
Red-tailed Hawk: 53
American Kestrel: 3

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 4
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Saturday, August 23, 2014  
Posted by: Kris Vanesky Bridget Bradshaw

It was a bright and beautiful day on top of Hawk Hill! We had a wonderful sighting of a dark morph Red-tail Juvenile. A definite increase in hawks per hour over the week. We are hoping that the fog stays away, so we can have more great hawk watch days!

Total Sightings: 130
Hours Counted: 4.25
HPH: 30.59
Total Species: 5

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 78
Cooper's Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 43
American Kestrel: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 1

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 2
Raptor: 3

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Friday, August 22, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames

Another typical day in "Fogust": We managed to get out for a couple of hours as the fog briefly lifted before the winds blew us off the hill. We practiced identifying different landmarks in the area and got very excited at every Turkey Vulture we saw. The one Red-tailed Hawk we saw spent a long time "stilling" over the slope of the hill, using an updraft to hold itself in the same position in the air while it scanned the area. Our dayleader Kim used this bird as an opportunity to explain his theory that juvenile and adult Red-tailed Hawks look different when they still because juvenile wings are thinner and have less fine control, so they end up moving their wings to stay in place, while the adults can control their position using only their wingtips. The highlight of the day for me was when I saw an American Kestrel suddenly pop up over the ridge and go zooming over the hill. Overall, not an incredibly exciting day, but definitely better than nothing.

Total Sightings: 21
Hours Counted: 1.5
HPH: 14
Total Species: 4

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 1
American Kestrel: 1

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Thursday, August 21, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw

Today was a great day for Hawkwatch this early in the season. While we didn't get up on the hill till 11 or so, our count exponentially increased as the day went on. Some of todays raptor highlights included this seasons first northern harriers (marsh hawks), Cooper's hawks, and a female kestrel. Hopefully the season continues on an upward curve and we break some records...though we still need our early season prairie falcon, so good luck tomorrow Friday I.
-Thur I

Total Sightings: 96
Hours Counted: 4
HPH: 24
Total Species: 6

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 57
Northern Harrier: 1
Cooper's Hawk: 3
Red-tailed Hawk: 25
American Kestrel: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 1

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 4
Buteo: 3

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  
Posted by: Kris Vanesky

Sporadic fog and clearing. We saw quite a few Turkey Vultures along with adult and juvenile Red-tailed Hawks, and an unidentificable accipiter. We had our first official migrant species with the sighting of a Sharp-shinned Hawk! Weird first time event on Hawk Hill, a two foot diameter drone was flown over Kirby Cove, several hundred feet East of Hawk Hill.

Total Sightings: 38
Hours Counted: 3
HPH: 12.67
Total Species: 3

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 28
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 8

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 1

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  
Posted by: Laura Young

Belated update for Tue, Aug 19! Fog lifted just enough in late morning and hawkwatchers were able to get the official first counts of 2014 fall migration. 23 sightings in 2.5 hours. Fog descended again in early afternoon.

Total Sightings: 23
Hours Counted: 2.5
HPH: 9.2
Total Species: 2

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 18
Red-tailed Hawk: 5

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.

Monday, August 18, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw and Matthew Delgato

First day of the season! Unfortunately fogged out, but took a leisurely stroll around the lagoon. Highlights included Belted kingfisher getting attacked by an angry Scrub jay, a RTHA, RSHA, Wilson's warblers, Western grebes, and a handful of Western bluebirds. Here's to a less foggy tomorrow!

Total Sightings: 0
Hours Counted: 0
HPH: 0
Total Species: 0

Data have not been entirely checked — contact Chris Briggs at cbriggs@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.


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