Date: 9/23/18 4:56 pm From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Broad-winged Hawks pass by Spruce Run Res.
From approximately 12:30 - 1:30 today myself and 2 other birders ( D.B. & P.K.) lucked into 6 or 7 kettles of Broad-winged Hawks.The first group, individually counted upon their streaming was a satisfying 224 bird kettle. During the subsequent hour another 631 birds passed us while standing on the berm at the Rte 31 parking area. A nice total of 855 in the hour. I have noticed groups of Broad-winged Hawks annually flying along the small ridge just north of the reservoir. These birds seem to cross Rte 78 just west of the reservoir and can be seen from Hoffman park moving along the same ridge.The birds seem to continue on a SW > WSW heading from there.I have always wondered if they have or will pass within eyeshot of a hawk watch or skid on by as those that streamed past us at Spruce today.
Also of note today at the Res. was a White-rumped Sandpiper,6 Caspian Terns,5 other species of shorebirds and lots of passerines none of which were seen by this birder.Purple Finches were on the menu today along with some Philly Vs and Red-breasted Nuthaches.