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Hawks, Hummingbirds, and More!: Corpus Christi

12 September 2014 Written by
Text and photos by Libby Errickson September came to the Corpus Christi Hawkwatch with more easterly winds and a significant lull in the migratory raptor activity. The site's veterans say that there is often a little break between the Mississippi Kite peak in late August and the Broad-winged Hawk peak…

Dispatches from a Yurt: Preparing for the Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Festival

09 September 2014 Written by
Text by Angela Woodside, Photos by various Chelan Ridge crew After a brief interruption, migration appears to be back on! This past week started out cool but warming temperatures beginning on Thursday seemed to usher in a wave of migrant activity. On the heels of an influx of songbirds—white-crowned sparrows,…

9,000 Feet & Counting: A Golden Start

08 September 2014 Written by
Text by Cherin (Goshutes interpreter), Photos by Cherin, Caitlin (bander) and Toby (bander) The season began with a Heli lift of all the gear required to operate the Goshute Mountains migration site on a mountain top at 9,000 ft. for a few months. After numerous trips and cleaning up last…

Merlin

06 September 2014 Written by
John Riegsecker sent me this photo and allowed me to share it. This Merlin is in heavy molt making it look less pointed-winged than normal and very short tailed. Birds like this can be tricky to ID in the field, so watch out for molting birds that appear unusually shaped.…

Dispatches from a Yurt: Week 2 at Chelan Ridge

05 September 2014 Written by
Text by Angela Woodside, Photos by Angela Woodside and Kelsey Navarre Wait just a minute ... I thought it was still summer! This week up at Chelan Ridge saw a dip in temperatures that sent observers up at Obs (a.k.a. "Observation," or "The Rock") and the banders in the blind…

The Magical Manzano Tour

05 September 2014 Written by
Text and photos by Steve Brenner, Manzano Mountains interpreter Last week under the majestic skies of the American Southwest, five intrepid raptorphiles ascended Capilla Peak in the Manzano Mountains to start another fantastic season of fall hawk migration! The bards will sing for generations of when Bob Baez (lead counter),…