Raptor Watching Sept. 18, 2019

Today at work Isaac let me know that raptors were moving again and he had seen several more Broad-winged Hawks.  As soon as I got home I walked into my backyard and saw raptors circling.  I live very near the watch point we have been staking out this fall.  I didn’t have my bins with me so couldn’t identify them (they were very high).  I headed up to the watch point area right away but things had slowed down.  After 20 minutes I moved to another area for a better vantage but still the visible migration was slow.  I then returned to my backyard and kept my eyes to the sky.  Soon a group of hawks moved into view and I could see they were smallish buteos.  Through my camera I identified them as Broad-wings and snapped away.  After the 9 passed, another single flew over.  There wasn’t much else but I was ecstatic with the Broad-wings.  Isaac had first alerted the birding community to them passing Kamloops during mid-Sept last year through his reports on eBird and the news has got around.  There must be a previously unknown flyway for them at the far west of their range over Kamloops in the fall.

Checklists from both places:

Raptor migration watch point, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Sep 18, 2019 4:23 PM – 5:08 PM
Protocol: Stationary
10 species
Canada Goose  1
Sandhill Crane  7
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Merlin  2
Merlin ghhgj3.JPG
Black-billed Magpie  6
Clark’s Nutcracker  2
Clark's Nutcracker hhk3.JPG
American Crow  1
Common Raven  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler kjkh3.JPG
Circle Walk, Dufferin, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Sep 18, 2019 5:14 PM – 6:24 PM
Protocol: Stationary
11 species
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  10
Broad-winged Hawk ghgk3.JPG
Broad-winged Hawk hggh3.JPG
Northern Flicker  1
Black-billed Magpie  2
Clark’s Nutcracker  2
Common Raven  1
House Sparrow  4
House Finch  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  12

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