I've never done any kind of hawk watch and, at least in the handful of years I've been a birder, I've never managed to catch hawks migrating... until today. Was just doing yard work when one of my kids said "look at all the birds in the sky..."† My first thought was "yeah, that's nice" as I was in the middle of something and I figured she saw something fairly ordinary.† But I looked up. There were at least 20 hawks flying in that then kettled up above the yard for a bit. The lighting was poor... My first thought was swainsons because they seemed dark but I caught glimpses of heavy bands on the tails on some and perhaps a dark trailing edge to the wing. I got a couple of crummy pictures that I haven't looked at but I ended up deciding they were likely broad-winged. I'm up here in Siloam Springs, Benton County, so they're on their way down there.† I'll visit that park one of these days. I haven't been birding as much as I'd like lately but enjoying what I can from the yard.
On 9/23/2018 9:15 AM, Don Simons wrote: > > Hawk watching has been disappointing on Mount Magazine so far this > season. This is due mainly to weather conditions. However, I expect > things to get very active this week. Good conditions would include a > fast moving cold front followed by clear skies. Good numbers of hawks > ride the waves as a front approaches but the mountain is often plagued > with fog and rain then. Right after the front passes through is when > many broad-winged hawk pass through. > > Last year our best day was September 28^th , when we tallied 1788 > broad-wings, over 200 vultures, and a few other species. On the > previous day we had 178 broad-wings. On the following day we had 627 > broads. So, to see big numbers, you have to get out there on several > consecutive days. > > This week, Iíll be on Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive as much as > possible. Officially starting at 10 a.m., Thursday through Sunday. > Sure could use some extra company. > > *Don R. Simons*, *Park Interpreter* > > Certified Heritage Interpreter > > Mount Magazine State Park > > 16878 HWY 309 South > > Paris, AR 72855 > > <don.simons...> <mailto:<don.simons...> > > phone: 479-963-5333 > > FAX: 479-963-1031 >