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How Do We Count All These Birds?: Corpus Christi Update

17 October 2014 Written by
Text by Libby Errickson. Photos by Libby Errickson, David Errickson, and Clay Taylor. A cold front has moved through, the winds are from the northwest, and it finally feels like fall in South Texas! The counters are welcoming the cooler temperatures ("cooler" being below 90 degrees), not only for the…

"Underexposed" Morph?

16 October 2014 Written by
Each September, I usually see a few threads or receive a few emails asking if an image of Broad-winged Hawk is of a dark-morph. Of course, a few dark-morph Broad-winged Hawks are photographed every year, and wondering if one in an image is dark or not is completely appropriate. True…

Dispatches from a Yurt: Discover Chelan Ridge!

14 October 2014 Written by
Text by Angela Woodside, Photos by Various Chelan Crew Our big day (see previous post) was bookended by visits from two groups: North Cascades Institute (NCI) the weekend of September 20th and 21st, and students from Washington State University's Wildlife program the following weekend. NCI is an organization that leads…

Still Open For Business, Bonney Butte: Chapter 2

14 October 2014 Written by
Text and photos by Dustin Maloney, Bonney Butte interpreter While some raptors move earlier in the season and some raptors later, there are two weeks when you'll find overlap in the timing. This usually occurs during the last week of September and the first week of October. Hawkwatchers around the…

An Eagle in the hand is worth a million in the bush!: Manzanos Update

13 October 2014 Written by
Text and photos by Steve Brenner, Manzano Mountains interpreter Did it just get a bit more 'America' in New Mexico? I think so. It was a historic day for the Manzano crew this past Tuesday. Around early to mid October, accipiter numbers through our little corner of New Mexico begin…

What morph is this Red-tailed Hawk?

12 October 2014 Written by
Recently, I blogged about lumping "dark" and "intermediate" morph buteos (some show both morphs) together when in the field since it is tough to tell the two moprhs apart without perfect light, especially in flight (see post here: http://hawkwatch.org/blog/item/764-dark-morph-splitting-hairs). In regards to Red-tailed Hawks, intermediate (or rufous as it is…