Can spring really be here!
After last week’s snow storm, I was thinking maybe we were having a repeat of last spring’s late arrival. But since that time the weather has been seasonable and the birds have been flying. Most notable has been the pick-up in diversity with Harrier, Merlin and Rough-legged Hawk all added to the species list in the last few days.The largest numbers of the season so far for Bald Eagle have been seen recently with 152 recorded on Monday (7th) of this week followed by 85 the next day. According to what I see on the hawkcount.org site, the 152 is the second highest single day count for Brockway! The season overall total is several hundred ahead of last year’s pace for that species. Red-tail and Goshawk numbers are somewhat ahead of last year while most other species are about the same as a year ago. All in all, a nice start to the season.
Most notable among other migrants was a Western Meadowlark on Monday. Snow Buntings continue to be seen and there have been some small groups of Bohemian Waxwings around as well.
For those curious about snow conditions and access to the site by car, it will be awhile yet before the road is open but hopefully our weather will remain spring-like enough to hasten this possibility.