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Old 09-17-2012, 12:39 AM   #21
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Who counts all of the birds? Seriously, How can you accurately count 529 Broad-Winged Hawks over 8 hours and not miss some or count them twice?
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Seriously, there are a lot of watchers that count as accurately as they can.

Of course it's not 100%, but it's done with quite a bit of scientific rigor. After the large groups of hawks in the kettles rise, they 'peel off' and glide over to the next thermal. When they peel off at the top of one thermal, they 'stream' over...and it's in the stream that we count. Might be in one's or two's...sometimes five's.

On the 'counting twice': we see them head south. Once they've left our ridge and move onward, they count. If we see one locally, or say, dive back over the ridge, we'll wait for it to come out again before we count it.

Over a day, counting 529 accurately is easy...it's the counting 3-5,000 birds that gets tiring!

Anyway, this is the week for the broadwinged. Although the migration will continue, expect the greatest numbers anywhere this week where the weather is decent and the winds are northerly. If the winds are northerly after a storm coming down from the north, all the better.

Let me know if you get out to see this...for some reason, I find it very interesting!
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saw 2 bald eagles in newburgh today, they just kept circling and went higher and higher , then just turned and headed sw, the were up there man

was cool to watch, and they never flapped their wings

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Wasp...try to get out Wednesday or Thursday this week...after this cold front drops down, they'll be a good flight the day or two after.

Even if it's after work around 5 or so, you'll still have birds going...and they tend to be lower later in the day.

We'll see birds up easily 5,000 ft. up...it amazes me that they don't look down and get the **** scared out of them!
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