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Saturday, September 20, 2014  
Posted by: Kris Vanesky

Sadly, it was another foggy day in the Marin Headlands. The team decided to meander up the Miwok Trail, where we spotted two hovering female American Kestrels and a male and female Peregrine Falcon. As we wandered closer to Hawk Hill at the rifle range we spotted a beautiful male Kestrel and a Red-tailed hawk. The fog looked as if it were about to lift, so we decided to take our chances up on hawk hill. Alas, it was not meant to be. The fog was too thick and we decided to call it a day. Hopefully this fog will lift soon and we can get back to our quadrants, counting the majestic raptors in the Marin Headlands.

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.

Friday, September 19, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames

The fog refused to budge from its comfortable position snuggled against the hillsides anywhere in the vicinity of Hawk Hill, so we were unable to do Hawkwatch today. Instead, we took a nice walk around the lagoon and saw a pair of Peregrine Falcons, a few Red-tailed Hawks, a coyote hunting by the edge of the water, and a tree with five different warbler species all mixed together. From the edge of the Rodeo Valley Trail, we watched the fog rolling in even lower, and one of the Hawkwatchers concluded that Hawk Hill had turned into a Fog Volcano. After seeing that, we decided to call it a day.

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, September 18, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw Matt Delgado Kate Owens

TODAY THERE WAS SOME FOG. And then there was less fog. And then, incredibly, there was more fog. We went up the hill and then down the hill and then back up the hill one last time to actually count the birds and we had a glorious few hours of only mild fog. Despite the short count time, we got our binocs on a juvenile Northern Harrier cruising in the valley to the southeast of the hill. There was also a period of time before the fog swallowed them that both of our bridge Peregrines were sitting atop the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, reigning over their vast and beautiful kingdom as per usual.

Total Sightings: 28
Hours Counted: 2
HPH: 14
Total Species: 7

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 14
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 3
Cooper's Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 6
American Kestrel: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 2

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames

The activity on Hawk Hill is picking up now, with an increase in accipiter numbers as well as the early trickle of Broad-winged Hawks. We had a juvenile Northern Harrier make a few passes along the lower West slope of the hill so that we got a great view of his pumpkin-colored breast. We also got some close views of Sharpies and Cooper's Hawks to help (or confuse) us on our accipiter identification skills. Some of the non-bird-related sightings of the day included the first unicycle to make it up to Hawk Hill, and the second marriage proposal our team has witnessed so far this season. Look out for more Broadwing Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Sharp-Shinned Hawks in the next few days (unless the predicted storm keeps us off the hill).

Total Sightings: 348
Hours Counted: 6
HPH: 58
Total Species: 12

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 130
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 1
Northern Harrier: 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 55
Cooper's Hawk: 41
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Broad-winged Hawk: 2
Red-tailed Hawk: 89
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 1

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 5
Raptor: 5

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames

*Belated post for Tuesday I*
An exciting day, with both eagle species accounted for, including the season's first Bald Eagle.

Total Sightings: 301
Hours Counted: 6
HPH: 50.17
Total Species: 14

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 121
Osprey: 4
White-tailed Kite: 3
Bald Eagle: 1
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 29
Cooper's Hawk: 36
Red-shouldered Hawk: 12
Broad-winged Hawk: 5
Red-tailed Hawk: 69
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 7
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 5

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 4
Raptor: 1

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

Monday, September 15, 2014  
Posted by: Matthew Delgado

Today looked liked it was going to be a foggy day...but then around eleven, the sky opened up and we were able to see ospreys, sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper's hawks, adult and juvenile red-shouldered hawks, red-tailed hawks, two peregrines, a merlin and...wait for it...A BROAD-WINGED HAWK (a.k.a tiny, patagialess red-tailed hawk)!!! It was a great day, with not too much sun, just enough birds, and eleven species.

Good luck Tues II and I hope you see your first broad-winged hawks as well, as I thoroughly enjoyed mine :)

-Mon II

Total Sightings: 225
Hours Counted: 5.75
HPH: 39.13
Total Species: 11

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 103
Osprey: 4
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 11
Cooper's Hawk: 19
Red-shouldered Hawk: 8
Broad-winged Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 62
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 3
Peregrine Falcon: 3

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 5
Raptor: 1

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw and Kate Owens

After an accipiter boom in the early morning, the raptors were replaced with cold and fog and we had no choice but to wait for them to reappear and eat cookies. The fog had cleared by early afternoon and things started to trickle by, though the highlight was a last-minute juvenile Peregrine falcon parading its machismo and roughing up a juvenile Cooper's hawk. We're wondering if this is the same bird as yesterday that has since acquired a taste for attention of the hawkwatchers.



Total Sightings: 266
Hours Counted: 5.75
HPH: 45.9
Total Species: 10

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 138
Osprey: 1
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 8
Cooper's Hawk: 10
Red-shouldered Hawk: 4
Red-tailed Hawk: 67
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 6

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 9
Buteo: 9
Raptor: 7

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw and Phoebe Parker-Shames

Today was blustery and bustling with birds and tourists alike. In between the vast swaths of fog, we were granted some prize views of Red-shouldered hawks, a juevnile Peregrine falcon stooping, and a juvenile Golden Eagle! While the ends of the day were cropped off due to lack of visibility, we managed to get our eyes on a number of accipiters and discussed them at length like good birders.

Total Sightings: 190
Hours Counted: 4
HPH: 47.5
Total Species: 8

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 69
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 10
Cooper's Hawk: 14
Red-shouldered Hawk: 5
Red-tailed Hawk: 78
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 4
Peregrine Falcon: 1

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 7
Buteo: 1

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

Friday, September 12, 2014  
Posted by: Kris Vanesky Bridget Bradshaw

It was a beautiful day on top of Hawk Hill today. With the winds blowing and sunny skies, we got a nice bump in accipiter sightings. But nothing can top a day like the sighting of a second juvenile ferruginous hawk! With consistantly higher raptors per hour, we are getting revved up for the beginning of peak season!

Total Sightings: 223
Hours Counted: 5
HPH: 44.6
Total Species: 10

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 52
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 1
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 5
Cooper's Hawk: 18
Red-tailed Hawk: 128
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
American Kestrel: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 2

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 8
Raptor: 1

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014  
Posted by: Kris Vanesky Bridget Bradshaw Phoebe Parker-Shames

The day started off slow and sweltering with a lack of wind. As the wind picked up we saw nice views of accipiters, red-shouldered hawks and American kestrels. Unfortunatley the wind also brought in a rolling mountain of fog. After standing above a sea of fog, we decided to call it in early. Even after a short day, we had great hawk numbers and an impressive species count.

Total Sightings: 237
Hours Counted: 3.75
HPH: 63.2
Total Species: 9

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 58
Osprey: 1
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 12
Cooper's Hawk: 27
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Red-tailed Hawk: 117
American Kestrel: 8
Peregrine Falcon: 1

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 4
Buteo: 2
Raptor: 2

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  
Posted by: Matt Delgado

Today was a hot day, but Wed II toughed out the heat in order to see some really neat birds. Some of the more interesting species we saw up on the hill today were not actually raptors. Some time just before noon we had a flurry of acorn woodpeckers fly by Hawk Hill to the north. We also saw a purple martin and many many Vaux's swifts. Our raptor front wasn't too bad either with many more adult red-tailed hawks and our first confirmed merlin of the Hawkwatch season!

Keep the ball rolling Thurs II,

Matt

Total Sightings: 191
Hours Counted: 5.17
HPH: 36.75
Total Species: 10

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 67
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 7
Cooper's Hawk: 20
Red-shouldered Hawk: 6
Red-tailed Hawk: 74
American Kestrel: 5
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 3

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 4
Falcon: 1

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

Tuesday, September 09, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames Kris Vanesky

After a slow start to our Hawkwatch adventure, we were surprised by a far off sighting of a Swainson's hawk (thanks to the return of hawkwatcher, Tim Behr, who has been out with a knee injury). As the hours crept on, we got an incredible view of some juvenile Northern Harriers and the crescent-shaped wing windows of a Red-shouldered hawk. By far, the highlight of the day was the first sighting of the year, of a magnifiscent Ferrugious hawk. The three points of light, the white wing patches and white tail coverts, were shining brightly in the sun as the raptor slowly flew over us. Over all it was a fantastic day full of beautiful birds and wonderful people.

Total Sightings: 218
Hours Counted: 6
HPH: 36.33
Total Species: 11

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 95
Osprey: 1
Northern Harrier: 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper's Hawk: 8
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Swainson's Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 91
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
American Kestrel: 3
Peregrine Falcon: 2

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

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

Monday, September 08, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw and Kate Owens

While the day was hawk poor, it was rich with sun and friends. Everyone enjoyed some macadamia products and mused over the effectiveness of skywriting. We were granted a long look at an osprey packing a lunch overhead and an extended gander at the belly of a juvenile Peregrine falcon which, after circling around for a bit, folded up and made a beeline for the city.

Total Sightings: 131
Hours Counted: 5.67
HPH: 23.1
Total Species: 8

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 61
Osprey: 3
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper's Hawk: 2
Red-tailed Hawk: 59
American Kestrel: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 2

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

Sunday, September 07, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw and Matt Delgado

Move over, Saturday I because Sunday I has swept the new total sightings count and species diversity, made possible by an (almost) complete falcon sweep (Prairie, Peregrine, and kestrel) and a slew of adult Red-shouldered hawks! We also had a close encounter of the helicopter kind which was both loud and VERY LOW. A last-minute White-tailed kite spotted overhead tipped us up to 11 total species and there was much high-fiving to be had. We left the hill having honored our Turkey Vultures by counting them 147 times. Happy belated World Vulture Day! So let's all go home and pat our sunburned backs about having the new best day of the season! MORE TO COME?



Total Sightings: 329
Hours Counted: 5.75
HPH: 57.22
Total Species: 11

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 147
Osprey: 8
White-tailed Kite: 1
Northern Harrier: 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
Cooper's Hawk: 15
Red-shouldered Hawk: 6
Red-tailed Hawk: 131
American Kestrel: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 3
Prairie Falcon: 1

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 5
Buteo: 4
Raptor: 2

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

Saturday, September 06, 2014  
Posted by: Bridget Bradshaw and Kris Vanesky

Today was brimming with both volunteers and raptors. What began as an overcast day turned into one of glorious, unbridled, joyous sunlight. We began this season's Hawk Talk and Banding demonstration schedule with an attentive crowd, nearby Red-tailed hawks, and the release of a freshly banded juvenile male Cooper's Hawk. We celebrated World Vulture Day by counting 138 Turkey Vulture sightings, some as distant tipsy smudges, and others with their tomato-red naked heads not so far from ours. One volunteer reported having heard the wind whistling through their feathers as they passed overhead.



Total Sightings: 290
Hours Counted: 5.92
HPH: 48.99
Total Species: 8

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 138
Osprey: 6
White-tailed Kite: 3
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper's Hawk: 17
Red-tailed Hawk: 113
American Kestrel: 2

Unidentified...
Accipiter: 3
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, September 05, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames

The day started out a little cloudy, but eventually cleared up and gave us a good day of hawkwatching that turned downright exciting at the end. We saw a mini kettle of Red-tailed hawks, watched Red-tailed pair-bonding rituals, and got some great close views of a male kestrel and juvenile Red-tailed hawks. Most exciting of all, in the last half-hour we saw two Golden Eagles and two Peregrine Falcons within the same minute.

Total Sightings: 260
Hours Counted: 5.75
HPH: 45.22
Total Species: 7

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 146
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper's Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 96
Golden Eagle: 2
American Kestrel: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 7

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

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

Thursday, September 04, 2014  
Posted by: Matt Delgado

Whoo! It was a foggy, windy, cold, and low bird count day, but Thursday I prevailed. On a good note we did get great looks a juvenile Cooper's hawk with a very full crop.

Good luck Friday I
-Matt D

Total Sightings: 115
Hours Counted: 5.75
HPH: 20
Total Species: 6

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 66
Osprey: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 3
Cooper's Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 41
American Kestrel: 1

Unidentified...
Buteo: 2

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

Wednesday, September 03, 2014  
Posted by: Phoebe Parker-Shames and Kris Vanesky

Today was an excellent skill building day. Everyone on the team had a chance to look at and try to identify a number of different exciting birds. we saw the Golden Gate Bridge Peregrines, plus an extra, and even got a few nice looks at Northern Harriers. One quadrant even got to watch a Red-tailed Hawk attacking a Northern Harrier. Perhaps the best highlight of the day, however, was the surprising number of Golden Eagles we saw over the course of the day. We watched them take their time soaring along, and got a great view of different tail molts. We also got a very early-season sighting: someone dressed as Santa Claus in the parking lot below.

Total Sightings: 141
Hours Counted: 5
HPH: 28.2
Total Species: 6

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 90
Northern Harrier: 6
Red-tailed Hawk: 32
Golden Eagle: 4
American Kestrel: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 3

Unidentified...
Falcon: 1
Raptor: 3

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

Tuesday, September 02, 2014  
Posted by: Matt Delgado

Belated update for Tues, Sept 2: Fogged out! Weather did a full 180 from Monday's perfect blue skies; the fog never quite lifted. Here's to a better 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.

Monday, September 01, 2014  
Posted by: Matt Delgado

It was a bright and sunny day for MON I. While we did have a nearly constant W wind, our day was relatively slow. All of us were hoping to see Sat IIs prairie falcon, but we we not as fortunate. However, we did see quite a spectacle of adult red-tailed hawks defending their territory, from what I presume was a migratory adult red-tail, all of this just before we ended our count for today! It gave some of our newer hawkwatchers and visitors the opportunity to hear that iconic bald eagle scream from the commercials, that we all know is actually your local red-tailed hawk.

Good luck Tues II and remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen!

Total Sightings: 135
Hours Counted: 5.75
HPH: 23.48
Total Species: 6

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 66
Osprey: 2
Cooper's Hawk: 6
Red-tailed Hawk: 50
American Kestrel: 5
Peregrine Falcon: 1

Unidentified...
Raptor: 5

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

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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