Monday, February 22, 2010
Three days later on February 18, Fort Smallwood Park in Maryland became the first hawkwatch to post migrants when counter Sue Ricciardi saw two Turkey Vultures in 3.25 hours at her site. The next day Sue counted 13 migrants--11 Turkey Vultures, a Bald Eagle and a Northern Harrier.
Not to be outdone, Second Mountain in Pennsylvania counted 53 migrants on February 20. The breakdown was 27 Turkey Vultures, 23 Black Vultures and 3 Red-Tailed Hawks in three hours of counting by Morris Cox. The next day the site also counted a sub-adult Golden Eagle and a Red-shouldered Hawk, among more vultures.
To date, no other sites have joined these three, but it's obviously time to ready the gear for spring hawkwatching!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Now we are gearing to celebrate spring raptor migration across the country and we want you to join us. It’s easy and fun.
Still wondering how Raptorthon works? Like Birdathon, Raptorthon is a sponsored Bird Count, but is focused on raptors.
Here’s how it works….
Why should you participate in HMANA’s Spring Raptorthon?
- It’s fun and will raise awareness of raptors and hawk watching everywhere!
- Do you use HawkCount.org, HMANA’s on-line hawkwatch information system and data archive? Raptorthon dollars will help to support and improve HawkCount.org, as well as the Raptor Population Index and other HMANA services for hawk watchers, including the HMANA Blog and e-newsletter.
- Dollars raised can help support your local hawkwatch or another non-profit of your choice.
- Your Raptorthon results will be posted in HMANA’s Hawk Migration Studies journal and on the web to compare across the continent.
- Your local watch site could see more golden eagles, merlins, etc., in your Raptorthon than any other watch site.
All Spring Raptorthon forms are available at www.hmana.org/raptorthon. If you would like hard copies of the forms and instructions, or if you have any questions, please contact Julie Tilden at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 264-0778.