We’ve had two spectacular days at the Bethany Hawkwatch in Mankato with over 800 birds of 12 different species in the last two days. While we did not have a Swainson’s today, we had one each of the previous days. The best kettle today was 100 Broad-wings with a Turkey Vulture and a Red-tail mixed in for flavor. Raptors were joined by hundreds of gulls (Franklin’s/Ring-billed) and good passerine movement: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch.
International Hawk Migration Week starts on Saturday and our kick-off celebration coincides with Bethany Lutheran College’s Fall Festival. It’s the only day we have a food truck and live music at the Hawkwatch (know any other hawkwatch sites that do that?). Last year we had over 1,000 birds though a positive correlation with the hot dog stand has not been statistically proven (we haven’t ruled out the drumline). Visitors are welcome on the Bethany campus; flights normally start around 10am.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Bethany Lutheran College
700 Luther Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
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