The Keweenaw Raptor Survey is pleased to announce that the Brockway Mountain Count is now registered with HMANA and the spring 2010 counts will be available on HawkCount.org. The season will be starting soon (March 15th!), and a blog chronicling the day’s sightings will be posted here at Keweenawraptorsurvey.org
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Posted in Brockway Mountain, Keweenaw Raptor Survey, raptor migration, tagged Brockway Mountain, Keweenaw Peninsula, Keweenaw Raptor Survey, raptor migration, spring migration, Upper Peninsula, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory on January 13, 2010 |
In December, the Keweenaw Raptor Survey hired a counter for the 2010 spring season. Max Henschell is a recently completed his graduate studies at Michigan Technological University; he is an experienced–and hardy–field biologist.
It is through donations to the KRS that we have been able to fund our first field season, and encourage further support to ensure the completion of this project.
Max Henschell grew up in northern lower Michigan along the Lake Michigan coast. Though always interested in the outdoors and nature, his interest in birding was sparked 6 years ago by a single Magnolia Warbler. While working on Isle Royale, Max came across the bird in the middle of the trail. With little knowledge and an entire field guide to look through, it took him nearly an hour to identify. Throughout the summer his interest in birds grew. But since that summer, Max’s interest in birds and birding has become a passion. Max has been an active birder in the Keweenaw and Upper Peninsula for the last 5 years. He has had the opportunity to bird in many birding “hotspots” across the country including the Rio Grande Valley and Southeast Arizona, with a life list of over 500 birds in just a few short years. Max has worked as the waterbird counter at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and at Seney National Wildlife Refuge as a marsh-bird surveyor as well as volunteering at Patagonia Lake State Park in Arizona as a bird walk leader and with the Manitou Island Bird Survey. Max will be completing his master’s degree from Michigan Technological University in grassland bird ecology in March before joining the KRS.
Kirk Zulfelt found a 1st year KING EIDER* at the mouth of the Tahquamenon River on November 6th along with 4 TUNDRA SWANS, as well as a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE at Whitefish Point and a male SPRUCE GROUSE on Farm Truck Road. The KING EIDER* was seen again on the 7th. Kirk also reported a good selection of gulls from Dafter Dump on the 12th, including THAYER’S, ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and GREAT BLACK-BACKED. Hedi Doman and Craig Robson photographed an adult grey-morph GYRFALCON at the intersection of 9 Mile and Riverside Dr.south of Sault Ste. Marie on the 3rd. I recieved a second-hand report of an additional sighting of this bird along 5 Mile Road. Hedi and Craig also reported 48 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS along 8 Mile Road on the 3rd. Jason Bojczyk reported 100+ TUNDRA SWANS and 150+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS from Dunbar on the 7th, as well as a late BARN SWALLOW south of the Soo.
Zoom in on this map from HMANA to see the variety of registered Hawk Watch sites in Michigan. Note that Brockway Mountain is not currently registered, but will be for the Spring 2010 migration season. Also, noteworthy is the density of sites in Southeast Lower Michigan, where the annual hawk counts receive strong support.
Join the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) in an effort to survey raptors during Winter 2009-2010.
Birders are invited to participate in this citizen science effort by downloading directions and field data sheets via the links below.
Results will be published in Hawk Migration Studies, the publication of HMANA.
The HMANA Winter Raptor Survey committee may be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Another autumn is drawing to a close in the northwoods. Sparrows and shorebirds are almost gone, and warblers have become but a memory of good times past. Late migrants and wintering species have begun to arrive, but for many species, particularly finches, numbers have been low so far. WPBO reported the first Common Redpolls of the season on the 28th, and there have been no reports yet of Pine Grosbeaks. Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskins have been present, but only scattered small flocks. Both Red and White-winged Crossbills have had recent incursions into our area, with flocks of White-winged Crossbills reported from the upper Keweenaw, northern Marquette and Delta Counties. READ THE FULL REPORT.
HMANA offers a free, printable hawk ID guide that covers species seen during Spring migration in the Keweenaw. Download, print, and laminate a copy before you next excursion to Brockway Mountain or Whitefish Point. Spring migration is the ideal time to witness the diversity of raptor species sharing the skies over the Lake Superior shoreline. Catch up with seasoned birders and raptor rookies at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory’s annual Spring Fling event, which takes place April 23 – 25, 2010.