I have compiled the results for the 2015 Rose Tree Park Hawk Watch and would like to share it with all the club members. This was our 17th year of counting at the hawk watch and unfortunately it was also our slowest. We totaled only 3,195 hawks this season due in large part to the lack of a large Broad-winged Hawk count. We only have one big flight day this fall and the total for the season came in at 976 birds.
The Bald Eagle count was down slightly, but I feel that was due to the fact that since we have a nesting pair of eagles at the Springton Reservoir, this led the counters to be a little more careful in determining whether the eagle were migrating. This could have led to the count being a little on the conservative side.
|Adult Bald Eagle|
Weather played an important factor all season long as most days we seem to have faced southerly winds, which proved unfavorable for migration. Below are the results for the year.
As you can see from the table above we only found one Golden Eagle this year and totally missed finding any Northern Goshawks.
For those of you who like statistics the following table shows the biggest one day totals for all species during the past 17 years of observations.
|Biggest Day Total per Species|
The following table shows the largest year totals of each species.
|Biggest Year Total per Species|
|Swallow-tailed Kite (recorded twice at Rose Tree)|