Date: 9/22/19 5:19 am
From: 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Broadwing flight at Cromwell Saturday...one of the best in the country!
Hawk watch sites across the country, from Maine to Texas and some in Canada
and Mexico, were well manned yesterday as it was a weekend and Broadwinged
Hawk season in full swing. As of today, Sunday the 22nd, 72 watch sites
have posted their numbers. The Cromwell Valley Hawkwatch in Baltimore
County had the fourth highest number of migrating hawks of all the watch
sites!
Andy Smith arrived at 8:30 AM to begin the watch, and several others began
arriving over the next few hours. Only a small number of hawks were counted
until around 11:00 AM when a kettle of 30 BWs were seen directly over the
watch site. For the next 3 and 1/2 hours a steady flight was enjoyed by
everyone who was lucky enough to be there. We had several young pairs of
eyes who would spot a group of BWs in the distance, and within minutes
these hawks would kettle right in front of the watch site and then stream
out directly over head. This was repeated over and over to the delight of
all. As usual, many of these birds were quite high but fairly easy to see
as they passed overhead.
The flight was pretty much over by 3:30 PM with just a handful of Sharpies
and Kestrels seen afterwards.
Go to the website *hawkcount.org* for details of all the watch sites.
Cromwell's final BW count was 1,219 birds......

Jim Meyers

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