June/End of the Season

June added over 1400 raptors to the season total, primarily made up by 1200 Broad-winged Hawks (mostly juveniles) including a season high count for eastbound birds with 415 on the 5th!

Otherwise June on the mountain was rather uneventful and hot with temps near 90 unleashing hordes of Blackflies and No-See-Um’s.

The season ended with 15 species of raptors totaling 7,210 eastbound individuals. This is the second lowest total on record, but better than last spring! More details can be found in the report which will be available by the end of the month.

Off the mountain, excitement was provided by a Black Vulture flying west over Horseshoe Harbor on the 6th, the first local record since 2015! Unfortunately it never flew past the hawk count and one wonders how and when it entered and exited the Keweenaw.

This Gray Catbird posed nicely to end the season.