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Sunday, September 16, 2007

More Hawks Again

Some of the hawk-watchers at Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory, scanning the skies in different directions to find hawks. Don is in the middle in the tan shirt.

During a lunch break, Phoebe, our Corgi, meets a Golden Retriever.

Broad-winged Hawks, in a "kettle," a group of Broadwings rising on a thermal of warm air, their preferred mode of transport to their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

Phoebe is helping Lillian spot the kettles.

Don and our friend David (in green), scanning the skies. We were treated to several sightings of Bald Eagles, so majestic as they passed over our heads.

Don, Lillian and Lance, the official hawk counter on Pack Monadnock, who is hired by New Hampshire Audubon Society.

On Sat. our own property we looked for hawks as a cold front came through. The high winds of the front brought the hawks low and we saw 351 hawks over our own hayfield. Sunday we went back to Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory for another great raptor show and saw many more hawks. It has been a very good hawk migration season here in southern New England and there may still be more hawks to come. So keep looking up and go to a hawk watch site near you. Above are some photos from yesterday. For more tips on identifying hawks in flight go here.

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