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.

Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ

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