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Once in a lifetime offer

The local breeding raven pair’s young have fledged. The hawk count is winding down with June birds hard to come by. To celebrate the end we have a special offer. For a modest donation guests can take a tour of the Shack. Explore its nooks and crannies and decide where you would place your coffee mug (where would the pros put this precious liquid). Take a spin on the comfy swivel chair. Close the door and pretend it’s March and the only thing keeping you alive is the Shack. Then put up Tim Baerwald’s custom crafted netting to cover the door opening and see how that oh so thin barrier can save you pints of blood while you are in the Shack and the black flies are not. A trained, trusted volunteer will vigorously shake the Shack so you can experience high wind induced dancing vision in 3D. You will not be allowed to spin in the chair while the Shack is being shaken for liability reasons. If Brockway was Disneyland this would be a Z ride. Offer expires June 15. And maybe you will see a few raptors.

The migration goes on

Most of the Broad-wings are adults with immatures still to come. May 13 was the day all the aspens in the valley leafed out and the forest on the top of Brockway is mostly in leaf. The count goes on. The photo by Sally Clarke is of the counter, Randy Clarke and the Shack.

May is starting out well and the days with a south wind have carried birds with it. May 1, 3 and 7 all had south winds and warmth. The snow is disappearing. The count for May:

DATE TOTAL BV TV OS BE NH SS CH NG RS BW SW RT RL GE AK ML PG UA UB
1-May 1074 0 26 14 6 10 349 5 1 0 605 0 32 19 2 3 0 2 0 0
2-May 1 1
3-May 971 0 32 1 3 5 260 2 2 2 564 0 36 55 0 7 0 2 0 0
4-May 166 0 2 0 4 2 60 0 3 0 73 0 7 12 1 1 0 1 0 0
5-May 305 0 27 0 0 4 22 0 0 0 225 0 13 10 1 1 0 2 0 0
6-May 183 0 36 0 10 2 13 0 0 0 99 1 19 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
7-May 1284 0 19 1 39 4 152 2 1 0 961 0 51 36 3 7 1 5 1 1
3984 0 142 16 62 27 857 9 7 2 2527 1 158 132 8 20 1 13 1 1

April ended on a sweet note and May started the same way. Both days had strong south winds and warm temps. A nice run of Ospreys on both days and on Tuesday one was chirping at new arrivals, displaying some territoriality. Late in the day on 4/30 a dark adult Swainson’s Hawk showed up and late on 5/1 a dark adult Red-tailed flew past.The snow is melting rapidly but there is still much. I will keep you updated. The count for Monday and Tuesday:

DATE TOTAL BV TV OS BE NH SS CH NG RS BW SW RT RL GE AK ML PG
30-Apr 749 0 22 8 16 27 378 2 0 3 224 1 31 25 0 7 0 5
1-May 1074 0 26 14 6 10 349 5 1 0 605 0 32 19 2 3 0 2

April 29

A warm and south wind day brought lots of variety and the highest, but still modest, count of the season. Canada Geese had a big count of 7,680. I think it was much higher but the raptor count took priority. 63 Sandhill Cranes. 4 species of buteos. Deb Mues did the count yesterday and she remarked how the ravens harrassed the Rough-legged Hawks with vigor. The ravens have been going at Bald Eagles and occasionally Red-taileds but save their best for Golden Eagles and roughies. Today’s count:

DATE TOTAL TV OS BE NH SS CH RS BW RT RL GE AK PG
29-Apr 343 44 4 34 11 64 2 1 53 89 30 1 6 4
1 2 3 11