Raptor Migration Watchpoint Birding April 5, 2021

After sitting in my backyard and seeing some raptor movement, I decided to head up to the top of the ridge (very near to my house) to see what was moving. There was a trickle of things migrating over the watch point there but nothing too substantial. Still, it was a nice clear and almost windless day. The lack of wind was enjoyable but maybe a bit of wind would have resulted in more raptor movement? Many questions still to be answered about what migrates over in the spring there. An intriguing note, accipiters are often seen from the raptor watchpoint in spring and fall but seldom encountered while birding most places around here. Maybe they simply pass over the predominant grassland habitat in the valley bottoms, preferring more Boreal forest at the higher elevations north and south?

Raptor migration watch point, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Apr 5, 2021 11:14 AM – 1:22 PM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Cooper’s Hawk  2

Bald Eagle  4

Red-tailed Hawk  6

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  1
Black-billed Magpie  3
Common Raven  11
Violet-green Swallow  3

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  1
Mountain Bluebird  1

American Robin  4
House Finch  1
Red Crossbill  10
Pine Siskin  7
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  1

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