NATURE WATCH: Time for Hawk Migration

by Nona Estrin

Made my annual trip to Putney Mountain for Hawk Watch last Saturday, trying to hit a good migration. That is, wind, but not from the south. Enough sun to create thermal rises for hawks to circle up, up, up.  Then, at the top of the thermal, for them to soar or “stream” out south until, losing altitude, they pick up another thermal. We arrived at noon and in the next three hours over 300 hawks, most of them Broad-winged hawks, went over, after weeks of only a few birds a day. Google Putney Mountain Hawk Watch for more. On Tuesday, they counted over a thousand!

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