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From:Karl Bardon <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Karl Bardon <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 1 Sep 2010 21:37:00 -0700
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At 13:45 this afternoon, a Mississippi Kite flew over Hawk Ridge, Duluth. This 
bird appeared to be an adult, but it was extremely high as it came directly over 
the hawk platform, where it was viewed by Cameron Rutt, Andrew Longtin, Aldo 
Raul Contreras Reyes, and myself. It really was a perfect kite day today- 
thousands of dragonflies in the air, a good flight of falcons (over 100), and 
persistent south to southwest winds during the last week... so I really wasn't 
suprised when Cameron spotted this bird. It even appeared to catch a dragonfly 
when high overhead.
 
Although Casual in Minnesota, this has become an expected rarity over Hawk Ridge 
during a surprisingly narrow window- all eleven Hawk Ridge records fall between 
30 August and 15 September. Furthermore, in both 2004 and 2008 there were 
multiple birds at Hawk Ridge during the same season, suggesting they may come in 
bunches- and also suggesting the strong possiblity of another bird at Hawk Ridge 
in the next week or so.
 
The morning non-raptor flight over Hawk Ridge was again impressive, reinforcing 
this as an incredible year for migration with tens of thousands of birds already 
moving through- today's tally was 7088 non-raptors, which represents a composite 
between the shore and the ridge. Species and numbers seen include 11 Canada 
Geese, 4 Common Loons, 47 American White Pelicans (one flock), 31 Double-crested 
Cormorants, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (landed on the rocks at the 
hawk platform!), 10 Common Nighthawks, 4 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 2 
Olive-sided Flycatchers, 23 Easternn Kingbirds, 1827 Blue Jays, 12 Common 
Ravens, 2 Tree Swallows, 33 Cliff Swallows, 9 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 1 
White-breasted Nuthatch, 44 American Robins, 1690 Cedar Waxwings, 1543 warblers, 
45 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 1222 Red-winged Blackbirds, 248 Common Grackles, 2 
Baltimore Orioles, 58 Purple Finches, and 59 American Goldfinches
 
After three seasons of counting non-raptors solely from Hawk Ridge (and 
struggling to count thousands of birds along the shore of Lake Superior a mile 
from the Ridge!), this year we have two observers counting non-raptors, one on 
the shore (stationed at the Lester River apartment building), and one at Hawk 
Ridge, which is already giving new insights into the extent of migration through 
Duluth.
 
Daily count totals of raptor and non-raptors can be viewed at www.hawkcount.org, 
and further information about visiting Hawk Ridge can be found at 
www.hawkridge.org.
 
Karl Bardon and Cameron Rutt
Hawk Ridge counters


      

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