[CT Birds] Hawk Migration

Neil Currie nwcurrie23 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 16 08:14:55 EDT 2010

>From Neil Currie
9/16 - Inland hawk watch sites.
Wednesday was a fantastic day to be at lookouts watching for hawks. Cool and gentle winds, swinging from west to northwest,  a  sky half full of cumulus clouds,  and more made for a great day.  Watchers at inland sites were hoping for large numbers of Broadwings - the start of the Fall migration.  They were rewarded  at these sites; Middle School in Torrington, Chestnut Hill in Litchfield and Botsford Hill in Bridgewater with flights of two to three hundred hawks, mostly Broadwings, but not the hoped for greater flights.  Surprise. Somehow the hawks got by,  and further to the south,  passed at Booth Memorial Park in Stratford ( over 2000) and at Quaker Ridge in Greenwich late in the day (almost 5000). But  for the inlanders there is still good news. This was just the beginning of the Fall flight and we can hope for great days ahead. The coming weekend promises to be such a time.


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