Predictions: Partly cloudy. Cooler with a high around 73F. Winds N@8 gusting 14.
Conditions are looking excellent for overall raptor migration.
Will this be the big broad-winged hawk flight? Here are some details to keep in mind. We still haven't had any serious broad-wing numbers so hopefully there are large numbers still north of us. The overall timing is very similar to last season when the big day was 23 Sep. Broad-winged hawk migration was nonexistent today due to strong south winds. From the day before there seem to be some broad-wings in the region but not enormous numbers. Could this mean that we won't see a huge morning liftoff but rather a push later in the day?
The winds will be strong. How will this affect the formation of thermals and the ability for broad-wings to form kettles? After tomorrow the weather isn't looking very good for at least a few days.
In summary, tomorrow seems to be the best shot we will have at a big broad-winged hawk flight and it will be a great day for hawk migration in general, so it will be worth it to come out and hope for the best.
======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Ashland Nature Center information may be found at: www.delnature.org