Today (8/5/17), from 8:00-12:30, I decided to check out our new site before the season begins. I was joined by Michal Furmanek in the last hour. Light west winds and some beautiful clouds made it a pleasant stay, but the true kicker is our new location was shaded even up until we left! Not being stuck in the sun all day can truly make the difference during early season hawkwatching.
As for raptors, we only had two migrants, a Red-tailed Hawk and Cooper's Hawk, that were both first year birds. At one point, I had seven Red-tailed Hawks in one scan, but many were simply soaring around with no intent to migrate. Other non-migrant raptor highlights include 5 Turkey Vultures and a Broad-winged Hawk.
I had a total of 42 species from the new location. A highlight was small groups of Cedar Waxwings adding up to 80 migrants, which is a great taste of what is soon to be their peak migration. It was also nice to see a few Red-headed Woodpeckers flycatching across the grounds.