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A Bird For ALL from Goshutes

24 October 2014 Written by
Text and photos from Cherin Spencer-Bower Peak season at the Goshute migration site (mid September through mid October) has come to a close with great success. We had so many visitors including the return of Jesuit College Preparatory of Dallas, Texas, a group of Boy Scouts from Syracuse, Utah, three…

Dispatches from a Yurt: The End is Nigh

23 October 2014 Written by
Text and photos by Angela Woodside As our season on Chelan Ridge draws to a close, our number of migrants has undoubtedly dropped off. The last couple weeks have seen more slow days than they have busy ones. Rain and fog have beset our mountain, and we wake up to…

Visitor Experiences at the Goshutes

21 October 2014 Written by
This past weekend the Goshutes migration team welcomed several groups of visitors to the site in northeastern Nevada. The autumn weather continued to be unseasonably warm and visitors were treated to clear skies, light winds and of course, great looks at migrating raptors. Likely the winner for longest distance traveled…

juvenile Accipiters' Flanks

21 October 2014 Written by
Just today someone asked me if the presence or absence of barring on the flanks (sides of the belly) is a good field mark for telling juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawks from Cooper's Hawks. Well, the answer is no....however, juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawks do show barred flanks more often than Cooper's Hawks. The…

Modeling Ridges of the Western U.S.

22 October 2014 Written by
For the past two autumns, HawkWatch International (HWI) has sent adventurous biologists into the field to conduct exploratory migration counts along north-south ridges of the western United States.  Working off a grant awarded by the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, HWI has used our current and past network of autumn…

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…