Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
HawkWatch Sightings 2008*



*Not to be cited except by permission of the GGRO. 2008 data are preliminary and have not been audited.
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GGRO Hawkwatch Reports (Last Update: Sunday, December 07, 2008)
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 87       Hours Counted: 5.50       Hawks/Hour: 15.82       Species Count: 7  
It was a cold, cloudy end to the season with very few birds. But atleast the food and the company was nice. Thanks again to Sunday 2 for a great season!

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 24
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle:
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
Cooper’s Hawk:
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk:
Broad-winged Hawk:
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 57
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 1
Merlin:
Peregrine Falcon:
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter:
Buteo:
Falcon:
Eagle:
Raptor:

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 80       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 13.33       Species Count: 6  
Windy day. It’s unfortunate that the kestrel 2000 was broken, because it would have been interesting to have quantified it – it was definitely a wind speed code of 7 – trees are bending and walking is impeded (~32-38 MPH.) The peregrines did show up to put on a show, at least. We also saw what was probably a Harlan’s Hawk, although we’re only about 85% sure and can’t really verify it. It was too windy to get a good look. Aside from that, a rather quiet day hawk wise. At least there was delicious food.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 43
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 21
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 3
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 145       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 24.17       Species Count: 10  
It was a cold and windy night... er... day. We knew that hawks needed counting, and luckily, the raptor-squad was on the case. Upon donning their capes, Lynn and Teresa aka Cooper's Hawk Girl and The Red-shouldered Avenger took up the case. We scoured the skies in search of these ellusive falconiformes, but to little avail - they simply weren't there. Aside from the familiar locals and some vulutres and red-tails, all was mysteriously quiet. Perhaps this case calls for the help of our accomplices - Kestrel Woman and The Osprey.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 52
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 77
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIE:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 92       Hours Counted: 4.00       Hawks/Hour: 23       Species Count: 6  
The fog was so thick this morning that we didn't even think we'd make it onto the hill, but the sun started shining through by 10 and we headed up. Visibility was intermittent and a chilly wind was prevalent in the north. Luckily all the hawkwatchers defrosted after Lynn's wonderful soup heated up. Bird activity was slow, but we had a great spread of snacks to keep us going.

Icy wind gusts as
Huddled hawkwatchers sip soup
The Redtails hang still


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 40
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 43
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 280       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 46.67       Species Count: 10  
Clearly the hawkwatch gods were smiling upon us. The day was absolutely beautiful - sunny, warm, a slight wind. Also, before we even made it up the hill we saw the two adult peregrines flying around and showing off. From there, the peregrine party took off. We had a total of nine buzzing the hill, chasing around red-tails and otherwise causing havok during the course of the day. We also got a nice look at an adult golden eagle.

Not only that, but there was the world's best end-of-the-season banquet on the hill. There was crab meat from Ewen, some amazing chili, hummus from Pat, wine, fruit, and lots of tasty snacks. It kinda makes you sad the season is ending so soon!

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 104
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 4
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 5
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 141
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 9
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
It was a foggy day, but we did take a long walk around the lagoon and spotted some cool songbirds. Then we had a great feast. Thanks Monday 2 for a great season!
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 197       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 32.83       Species Count: 9  
It was very windy in the morning and it died down in the afternoon. Wind was coming in from a NE and NNE direction. Temperatures were in the mid 60’s. The Sunday I potluck was a success!

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 77
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 4
Cooper’s Hawk: 1
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 92
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 9
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 225       Hours Counted: 5.00       Hawks/Hour: 45       Species Count: 8  
We enjoyed bright blue skies dotted with clouds and breezes from the east. It was a busy Peregrine day with both adults and juveniles, including one individual that gave a juv Redtail a good chase around Slacker ridge. Not too shabby of a day considering the rest of the week.

Screaming Peregrine
Barreling down on Redtail
Acrobatic fight

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 82
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 4
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 119
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 5
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 7
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 119       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 19.83       Species Count: 9  
Well, here we are at the last Friday 1 of the season. Despite the cold and semi-foggy conditions, we really had a pretty good day. We got to see a ferrug at middle kingdom and a prairie falcon diving on POAK blind. With glamorous birds like that, you really can’t complain.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 35
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 6
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 61
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 1

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 71       Hours Counted: 4.50       Hawks/Hour: 15.78       Species Count: 9  
The sun decided to come out for Thanksgiving Hawkwatch. Skies were hazy and clouds intermittently stole our visibility. Raptor activity was slow, but we stuck it out for a few hours before heading home to a more important and edible bird.

Thankful hawkwatchers
Eagerly scanning the haze
Wishing for the hawks

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 34
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 15
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 5
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Rain, no birds.
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 38       Hours Counted: 4.50       Hawks/Hour: 8.44       Species Count: 5  
We had a light rain shower in the morning with overcast skies for the rest of the duration. We were worried that hawkwatchers might outnumber birds for the day, but the usual suspect Turkey Vultures fixed that. The ravens side stepped after crumbs as they admired our spread of snacks and we ended the day early for fear of further lowering the hph for the day.

Empty, cloudy skies
Turkey Vultures make the rounds
Floating in the breeze


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 20
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 2
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 6
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Carmen

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 75       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 12.5       Species Count: 7  
Temperatures in the 60’s, winds decreased during the day but the fog/haze didn’t. The last half hour was very slow and we didn’t count a single bird.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 40
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
Cooper’s Hawk: 1
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 27
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 1
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 188       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 31.33       Species Count: 8  
It was a slow day with fierce winds out of the NE. Not a whole lot else.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 91
Osprey:
White-tailed Kite:
Bald Eagle:
Northern Harrier: 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 6
Cooper’s Hawk:
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Broad-winged Hawk:
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 68
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 2
Buteo:
Falcon:
Eagle:
Raptor:

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 214       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 35.67       Species Count: 9  
The conditions were perfect, sunny with a slight wind from the north. The only thing missing, really were the birds. Oh well – a beautiful day on the hill is always nice, anyhow.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 82
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 17
Cooper’s Hawk: 4
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 8
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 79
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 8
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 214       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 35.67       Species Count: 9  
DAILY BLOG: The conditions were perfect, sunny with a slight wind from the north. The only thing missing, really were the birds. Oh well – a beautiful day on the hill is always nice, anyhow.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 82
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 17
Cooper’s Hawk: 4
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 8
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 79
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 8
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 187       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 31.17       Species Count: 9  
Today was a classic sunny autumn day with crisp winds in the afternoon. Birding was slow and I could tell as the jokes got worse. We had a far glance at an adult Ferruginous Hawk over the junction of Slacker ridge and Angel Island. Lighting on these early sun setting days had our Hawkwatchers joking about dark morph American Kestrels.

Rusty legged hawk
Soaring over Slacker ridge
Ferrug slides away

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 47
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 16
Cooper’s Hawk: 2
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 93
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 8
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 2
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Fog Blog
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
The dollop of fog held on tight to the hill. We stopped at the annex for a while and watched a few Red-tails and Peregrines until the wind and drizzle sent us back down.

Cackling Peregrine
Sparring over north tower
Disappears in fog

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 4       Hours Counted: 1.50       Hawks/Hour: 2.67       Species Count: 3  
The fog started very low, we could see Slacker, Hill 88, and Mt. Tam. Then the fog slowly took over the Hill and we had to stop counting because we couldn’t see anything.

Fog engulfing hill,
More birds than visitors. Shoot!
Record low today.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 0
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 1
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 1
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 250       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 41.67       Species Count: 11  
What can I say, it was a gorgeous day on the hill with a fairly steady flow of birds. We saw a lot of red-tails and a rough leg. A good day overall.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 88
Osprey:
White-tailed Kite: 3
Bald Eagle:
Northern Harrier: 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 19
Cooper’s Hawk: 9
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk: 4
Broad-winged Hawk:
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 98
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk: 1
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 2
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 1
Eagle:
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 403       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 67.17       Species Count: 7  
Temperatures in the mid 70’s with winds ranging from 8-10mph coming out of the N and NE. It was pretty hazy on Hawk Hill today until about noon. Species count was lower than the past couple days, but the number of hawks had increased nicely. The best part of the day, which I probably should have stated first off, was the EXCELLENT view of an ADULT HARLAN’S RED-TAILED HAWK. Yes that is correct. The bird came from west quad floated over to north just between Hawk blind and Hawk Hill, started circling upwards and disappeared over the North tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sooty bird floating
Circling above hawk hill
Oh my God, Harlan’s!

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 144
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 50
Cooper’s Hawk: 8
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 173
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 4
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 7
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Teresa
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 283       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 47.17       Species Count: 11  
It was clear and sunny in the 70's today with high winds threatening to knock many an unsuspecting scope down the hill. All of the usual suspects were spotted today, and we lucked out with a spectacular finish in the last 9 minutes of the day. A juvenile Bald Eagle was spotted just in front of Tam Junction and we were able to follow it as it glided along the ridgeline above the eucalyptus grove.

Bald Eagle on Tam
Sailing across the step house
Awing hawkwatchers

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 98
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 1
Northern Harrier: 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 41
Cooper’s Hawk: 9
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 96
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 6
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 2
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

- Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 283       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 47.17       Species Count: 10  
Lovely weather, and a few birds – mostly red-tails and sharps. We did have a late season prairie spotted a ways away above 88 making for a four falcon day.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 109
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 36
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 96
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 5
Merlin: 6
Peregrine Falcon: 3
Prairie Falcon: 1

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 3
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 236       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 39.33       Species Count: 10  
The weather conditions did a complete turn around from yesterday. It was hot and sunny with a bit of fog condensing around Kirby Cove, but never moving in on the hill. Just as Steve was commenting that we were due for an interesting sighting, he spotted a Ferruginous Hawk. It dabbled low hugging the ridges before heading south.

Fluttering Ferrug
Hugging the green brushy hills
Floats above the blind

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 58
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 56
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk:0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 5
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 88
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 5
Merlin: 7
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 7

-Carmen

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Fog rolling onshore
Never made it to the hill
No hawks were counted
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 239       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 39.83       Species Count: 11  
How appropriate that a rough leg fly overhead on our pizza day. We also had a few early merlins and some good looks at grey ghosts. The weather was pretty chilly today.

and i don't normally write the haikus, but since it's Connie's last day, i'll do it. here it goes...

rough leg overhead
bellys hungry for pizza
helen needs a nap

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 95
Osprey:
White-tailed Kite: 2
Bald Eagle:
Northern Harrier: 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 15
Cooper’s Hawk: 7
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Broad-winged Hawk:
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 87
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk: 1
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 2
Buteo:
Falcon:
Eagle:
Raptor: 1


-helen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 200       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 33.33       Species Count: 9  
Weather on Hawk Hill today was nice, not too windy to chill us to the bones. Temperatures were in the mid 60’s with mild winds. Enough clouds in the sky to pick up the high flying birds.

Short-eared owl chillin’
Dark morph red-tails abound
Three falcon day fun.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 41
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 26
Cooper’s Hawk: 11
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 7
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 88
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 6
Peregrine Falcon: 5
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 287       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 47.83       Species Count: 11  
Today started out nice and sunny with a light wind. This brought us a lot of red-tails. We also got an early look at a bald eagle. The best part of the day (in my opinion) is when an adult peregrine gave us a long, close overhead look and then vocalized before flying off. All in all, a good day. But hey, any day with an osprey is a good day, right?

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 101
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite:
Bald Eagle: 1
Northern Harrier: 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 21
Cooper’s Hawk: 5
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk: 6
Broad-winged Hawk:
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 106
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 12
Merlin: 12
Peregrine Falcon: 9
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter:
Buteo:
Falcon: 3
Eagle:
Raptor:

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Fogged out! No birds counted.
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 205       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 34.17       Species Count: 11  
It was clear, sunny, and pleasant throughout the day. The down parkas and mittens felt a little neglected. We started off the day with a juvenile Bald Eagle that came in over the lagoon and gave us a good show overhead. The fun continued with a cryptic Redtail/Peregrine that turned out to be a Swainson's Hawk. Throughout the rest of the day, we were entertained by Merlin antics as they nabbed dragonflies overhead.

Motley Bald Eagle
Circling amongst the vultures
Soars over Hawk Hill
SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 67
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 1
Northern Harrier: 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 30
Cooper’s Hawk: 5
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 5
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 65
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 12
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 3

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 260       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 43.33       Species Count: 12  
A nice but slow day on Hawk Hill. Temperatures in the 60’s with no cloud cover. Winds were mainly from the North and East.

One far off Rough-leg
Wind chills the bones off and on
Northern Harriers

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 78
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 2
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 31
Cooper’s Hawk: 12
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 7
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 105
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 1
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 3
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 3
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 184       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 30.67       Species Count: 10  
It was a slow day on the hill with mild weather. Temperatures were in the 60's and it was overcast. At least there were enough hawks per hour to go around the team.

Northern Harrier
Lazily sweeps the hillside
Floating over brush

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 63
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 19
Cooper’s Hawk: 4
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 72
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 1
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 173       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 28.83       Species Count: 10  
Temps in the high 50's and enough wind and clouds to make it feel colder than that. The bird movement was slow.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 50
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 12
Cooper’s Hawk: 9
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 79
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 5
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 68       Hours Counted: 2.33       Hawks/Hour: 29.18       Species Count: 6  
Well, we got up on the hill today, saw a merlin and then the rains and 30 mph winds blew us off the hill.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 21
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 5
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 31
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 0
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 2
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Fogged Out
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
We were hopeful since it was reasonably clear and not raining at first. As soon as we decided to check out the hill, the rain started falling. By the time we were fininshed with slide quizzes, the cats and dogs came pouring down.

Drippy cloudy sky
Turkey Vultures dare to soar
Glistening silver

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 8       Hours Counted: 2.50       Hawks/Hour: 3.2       Species Count: 4  
We have reached a new low, guys. 3 hawks per hour. A total of eight birds were counted all day. Between the lack of birds and the drizzle, we decided to call it a day at one. High points of the day included one very lovely peregrine that flew right over the hill, Ardeth's flamingo hat, and Steve's bird-nerd costume. Happy Halloween.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 3
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 1
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0


Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 89       Hours Counted: 5.50       Hawks/Hour: 16.18       Species Count: 7  
Dance like there's nobody watching? No, contrary to the opinion of the untrained eye, the Thurs 1 hawkwatchers were not marching to the beat of their own drums. They were just doing any little jog and jog in hopes of fending off frostbite in the intermittent rain and wind. We ended half an hour early when the rain really started to come down. Bird activity was better referred to as inactivity with a new low in hawks per hour for the seaon.

Chattering, chilly
Hawkwatchers look toward the sky
But only see rain

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 25
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite:2
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk:15
Cooper’s Hawk: 1
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 39
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin:0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 147       Hours Counted: 5.50       Hawks/Hour: 26.73       Species Count: 9  
We started the morning by looking at a strange fog rainbow and the rainbow halos that are created around people’s shadows. I think that was really the highlight of the day. We didn’t even see a bird until part way through our second hour of counting. Pretty much the whole day was spent above a layer of low fog.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 14
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 49
Cooper’s Hawk: 7
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 63
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin:2
Peregrine Falcon: 3
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 2
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 230       Hours Counted: 4.58       Hawks/Hour: 50.22       Species Count: 10  
We were fogged in during the earlier part of the morning, but got a nice look at a Northern Harrier eating its prey on a bush along the Miwok Trail. Once we got up on the hill, we could barely keep up the layer changes with the weather. The sky varied from complete socked in fog to clear and sunny and periods of fog inversion. Never losing sight of their hawkwatching endeavors, even through the chilly fog, the team sighted the first Rough-legged Hawk of the season. Does someone smell pizza in the air? Our Roughie appeared under the Golden Gate at midspan and flew out over the bay towards Alcatraz before becoming a speck against the east.


Despite ling'ring fog
Clear east spies Rough-legged Hawk
Flying across bridge


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 64
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 35
Cooper’s Hawk: 9
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Broad-winged: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 90
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 1
Golden Eagle:0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 4
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 3
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 224       Hours Counted: 4.75       Hawks/Hour: 47.16       Species Count: 9  
DAILY BLOG:

Fogged off Hawk Hill til 1045, then got set up to count hawks and had a reasonably steady flight of bread and butter hawks (Redtails, Coops, Sharpies) with high wild clouds, until temps dropped and big NW winds blew for a few hours. About 2:30 pm, the sun pulled through, wind subsided and we flung our jackets. Most exciting part of the day? The sun part. Oh, and a few of the Merlins were brilliant. Oh, and hearing about last Saturday’s Mississippi Kite for the umptwelfth time. Did you know the Miss Kite’s wingspan (31”) is about 30% shorter than a White-tailed Kite’s (40”)? So there.
- Allen Fish


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 56
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 42
Cooper’s Hawk: 18
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 90
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin: 3
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 5
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 127       Hours Counted: 4.00       Hawks/Hour: 31.75       Species Count: 7  
Well, we got up to the hill on time (which happened to be above the fog), hawkwatched for a few hours, and then a west wind started blowing and brought more fog with it. We fought the fog and the fog won.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 32
Osprey:
White-tailed Kite:
Bald Eagle:
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 24
Cooper’s Hawk: 2
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk:
Broad-winged Hawk:
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 56
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 1
Merlin:
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 5
Buteo: 2
Falcon:
Eagle:
Raptor:

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 302       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 50.33       Species Count: 12  
That’s an odd looking peregrine – I didn’t know they ate bugs like that… oh wait, that’s a MISSISSIPPI KITE. Damn. I’m not sure what else to say – aside from the kite, it was a slow, hot day, with east-ish winds. But who cares? We saw a Mississippi kite. It appeared in east quadrant over the bridge busily hawking for dragonflies, came up over the hill, circled upwards a few times in a thermal with some shoulders and tails, and then disappeared north. Who knows, it might come back southward.

Oh yeah, and the MIKI was a juvenile.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 123
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 2
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 39
Cooper’s Hawk: 8
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 96
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 4
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

*MISSISSIPPI KITE*: 1

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 6
Buteo: 3
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 301       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 50.17       Species Count: 10  
The wind seemed promising during the first hour or so today, but quickly diminished. The sky was clear and we had a high of 88 degrees. The highlight of the day was a less than friendly encounter between an adult and juvenile Peregrine as they locked talons over the bay.

Dueling Peregrines
Tumbling over Golden Gate
Collide in sky

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 110
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite:4
Bald Eagle:0
Northern Harrier:14
Sharp-shinned Hawk:43
Cooper’s Hawk: 25
Northern Goshawk:0
Red-shouldered Hawk:13
Broad-winged Hawk:0
Swainson’s Hawk:0
Red-tailed Hawk: 73
Ferruginous Hawk:0
Rough-legged Hawk:0
Golden Eagle:0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 6
Peregrine Falcon:3
Prairie Falcon:0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter:6
Buteo: 0
Falcon:0
Eagle:0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 454       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 75.67       Species Count: 12  
It was another warm day with the winds coming from the wrong direction. Despite this, we had a pretty decent day on the hill. There was a lot of exciting peregrine falcon action early in the day. A small juvie dove repeatedly by the blinds and then proceeded to chase ravens for a number of minutes. We also had a lovely golden eagle (of questionable age, since it didn’t quite match any eagles in the books) come right over the hill. In fact, a lot of our birds were spotted thermaling right above us. Convenient.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 208
Osprey: 3
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle:0
Northern Harrier: 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 57
Cooper’s Hawk: 26
Northern Goshawk:0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 13
Broad-winged Hawk:0
Swainson’s Hawk:0
Red-tailed Hawk: 112
Ferruginous Hawk:0
Rough-legged Hawk:0
Golden Eagle:1
American Kestrel: 9
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 7
Prairie Falcon:0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 4
Buteo: 2
Falcon:0
Eagle:0
Raptor: 2

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 358       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 59.67       Species Count: 9  
Quite a blustery day on the hill with winds of about 20 mph consistently. Around the noon hour, I was left asking myself if Hawk Hill had been relocated to a sand storm in the Sahara Desert. The sky was clear and it was about 75 degrees. All of the usual suspects were spotted with a few Golden Eagles mixed in.

Barren scrubby tree
American Kestrel perched
Resists gusting wind

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 132
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 42
Cooper’s Hawk: 40
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk:4
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 105
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 2
American Kestrel:8
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 5
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 6
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor:2

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 366       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 61       Species Count: 11  
All day we encountered NE winds and temps in the high 60’s and mid 70’s. No fog and very sunny.

As prophesized
Golden Eagle emerges
Then there were three more.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 106
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 5
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 49
Cooper’s Hawk: 36
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 14
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 112
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 5
American Kestrel: 5
Merlin: 4
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 11
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 5

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 260       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 43.33       Species Count: 11  
A slow start to the day, but once the winds picked up, so did the hawks. We saw lots of adult birds today and lots of kites (who seemed to always travel in packs of 3). We also got some great looks at peregrines. At the end of the day there was an undoc banana sighting, but unfortunately we don't count those. We also had a chicken impression competition, of which no one won.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 67
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 9
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 54
Cooper’s Hawk: 18
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 11
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 69
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 7
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 8
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0


-helen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 62       Hours Counted: 3.50       Hawks/Hour: 17.71       Species Count: 10  
We went up to the hill at 9:30am while knowing that there was fog and we hoped for it to burn off. It never did and we ended the day at 1:00pm. A new record low for the 2008 season.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 27
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 18
Cooper’s Hawk: 4
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 4
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 1
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Low fog over head
Grey shadows, slight glimpse, cold air
Centered and bundled
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 159       Hours Counted: 4.00       Hawks/Hour: 39.75       Species Count: 9  
The hill was fogged in this morning so we went off to the visitor's center to pick up some of this year's lovely GGRO tshirts. We walked around the lagoon and rifle range just to confirm how foggy it actually was. We headed up to the hill around 11 and the sky began to clear within the nest half hour. Bird activity was slow...far more eager birders than hawks at the beginning. In north quad, there was a Red-tail hovering and dining on a snake which was promptly devoured like spaghetti. We also had a visit by a spunky juv Peregrine that decided to give a couple of ravens a chase through the pines. The ravens were able to maneuver away, but the Peregrine wins on stooping power. A little Sharpie got momentarily caught up in the pursuit and I thought it was a goner, but our PEFA was apparently out to show the big birds who's boss.

Tumbling Peregrine
Rolling, stooping on ravens
Bolting through the pines


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 61
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 24
Cooper’s Hawk: 12
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 47
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 3
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 208       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 34.67       Species Count: 10  
Too hot. Not enough birds. Easterly winds when there were any.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 83
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 30
Cooper’s Hawk: 13
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 6
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 50
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 7
Merlin: 3
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 6
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 209       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 34.83       Species Count: 12  
It was downright hot on the hill today with temps starting in the 70's and rising from there with no wind. We had a good variety of species, but most of the time the visitors outnumbered the birds. We had good looks at a juvenile Golden Eagle over Kirby and White-tailed Kites coming in from the bay. In other news, a hummingbird in north quad skimmed the brim of my hat and ladybugs in west swarmed my binos.

White-tailed kite flaps in
Glowing against the east sun
From bay to hillside

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 74
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 4
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 27
Cooper’s Hawk: 15
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 6
Broad-winged Hawk: 2
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 59
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 6
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 5
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 232       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 38.67       Species Count: 10  
It was a slow and sunny day on Hawk Hill. Temperatures were in the high 70's to low 80's with NNE and WNW winds.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 72
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 31
Cooper’s Hawk: 23
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 7
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 65
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 9
Merlin: 9
Peregrine Falcon: 6
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 2
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Teresa

10am
Merlin flapping hard to south-
chomps its bug, then coasts.
11am
Marin Open Space hawk talk...
a peregrine circles.
12pm
High schoolers gabbing, milling.
No falcons, hawks, here.
1pm
Crowds dissipate, wind picks up,
Allen centers with lunch.
2pm
Sun on our faces.
High up: a 2 o'clock osprey
3pm
Allen floats,
Steve catches grapes.

-Chuck Legere
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 326       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 54.33       Species Count: 9  
East winds were not in our favor, but we had a clear and warm day in the 80's. There was plenty of falcon activity with double digit falcons.

Wind blows out to sea
Merlins chasing dragonflies
Flap around the hill

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 86
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 39
Cooper’s Hawk: 47
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk:13
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 108
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 7
Merlin: 8
Peregrine Falcon: 8
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 6
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Sorry for the inconvenience, but the phone message system is still down.

-Carmen

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 425       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 70.83       Species Count: 12  
Day began with smoke from the fire on Angel Island. In the morning lots of wind with temperatures around the high 60's. Mid-day the wind died off and temperatures were in the low 70's. At the end of the day the wind picked back up and temperatures were in the high 70's. No clouds all day. We had a good flow of birds but at some points slow.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 120
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 59
Cooper’s Hawk: 45
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 15
Broad-winged Hawk: 2
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 142
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 12
Merlin: 3
Peregrine Falcon: 6
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 13
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

High turkey vulture
Merlin flying over head
Lots of sun and wind


*The phone system was locked and I was unable to leave a message of the daily totals. Sorry
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 360       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 60       Species Count: 9  
We started strong, but ended a little slow. The blue angels scared all the birds away.

We did however, get a great look at a short-eared owl.

Helen gave a life changing hawk talk.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 118
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 62
Cooper’s Hawk: 39
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 13
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 95
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 5
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 16
Buteo: 4
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 297       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 49.5       Species Count: 10  
Slow day made better by an amazing look at a juvenile bald eagle.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 101
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 1
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 60
Cooper’s Hawk: 43
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 12
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 54
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 9
Buteo: 3
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 468       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 78       Species Count: 12  
It was a chilly, but clear and sunny day with only Coops and RT's braving the wind in the morning. North and West quads experienced frigid conditions while it was downright balmy in East and South. We welcomed the first Goshawk sightings of the year; good thing Tim took a closer look at the suspicious Peregrine in North Saddle.

Northern Goshawk flight
Barreling into high winds
Returns overhead

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 107
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk:87
Cooper’s Hawk: 99
Northern Goshawk: 2
Red-shouldered Hawk:27
Broad-winged Hawk: 3
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 97
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
Rough-legged Hawk:0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin:2
Peregrine Falcon:2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 27
Buteo: 7
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 3

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 605       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 100.83       Species Count: 12  
DAILY BLOG: Finally, some merlins are making an appearance. Along with them we had an obscene number of red-shoulders and a reasonable supply of broadwings. Not only that, but two ferruge appeared as well. All in all, a good day with lovely weather (sunny and warm with mostly WNW winds) and lots of birds.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 153
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 3
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 125
Cooper’s Hawk: 86
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 43
Broad-winged Hawk: 6
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 114
Ferruginous Hawk: 2
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 9
Merlin:14
Peregrine Falcon: 8
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 18
Buteo: 6
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 4

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 528       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 88       Species Count: 12  
Today was warm with temps in the 80s and light breeze in the afternoon. The low morning fog cleared quickly and we had overall good visibility. We had lots of Red-shoulders and a few Broadies.

Fall hawkwatching day
Accip flurries are abound
Twinkling 'cross the sky

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 84
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk:186
Cooper’s Hawk: 90
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk:42
Broad-winged Hawk: 7
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 81
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin: 4
Peregrine Falcon:2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 18
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 435       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 72.5       Species Count: 11  
Most of the day was hot without a lot of wind (and what wind there was came in from the NE.) After about two thirty, however, the winds changed and birds started appearing. Highlight of the day was the large number of broad-wings and red-shoulders. Hooray for small Buteos.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 120
Osprey: 3
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 151
Cooper’s Hawk: 33
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 28
Broad-winged Hawk: 12
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 40
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 21
Buteo: 6
Falcon: 3
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 273       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 45.5       Species Count: 11  
The day started out foggy on hawk hill, but the fog eventually burned off. There wasn't much activity until about mid-day when the winds picked up. The highlight of the day was a great view of a juvenile bald eagle, which was unfortunately mobbed by a band of ravens.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 71
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 1
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 91
Cooper’s Hawk: 37
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 21
Broad-winged Hawk: 5
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 33
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 0
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 6
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 261       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 43.5       Species Count: 10  
The weather was nice, chilly in the morning but warmed up enough. There was some winds mostly from the west. We had a number of birds fly over the hill early on, but the by the end of the day the hawks were few and far between.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 97
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 2
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 41
Cooper’s Hawk: 16
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 7
Broad-winged Hawk: 9
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 61
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 15
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 202       Hours Counted: 3.50       Hawks/Hour: 57.71       Species Count: 9  
We were socked in by fog in the morning and began our count at 11. By 2, it was clear and sunny. We had a good amount of Broad-wing activity including a dark morph juvenile. I'll attribute that to the luck of Steve's chili pepper dark chocolate.

Saturday 1 team
Determined to beat the fog
Holding out for hawks


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 57
Osprey:1
White-tailed Kite:0
Bald Eagle:0
Northern Harrier:0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 50
Cooper’s Hawk: 27
Northern Goshawk:0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 11
Broad-winged Hawk:7
Swainson’s Hawk:0
Red-tailed Hawk: 40
Ferruginous Hawk:0
Rough-legged Hawk:0
Golden Eagle:0
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin:0
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon:0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo:1
Falcon:0
Eagle:0
Raptor:5

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 174       Hours Counted: 5.30       Hawks/Hour: 32.83       Species Count: 7  
Lots of fog and very few birds. More raptors were seen from 1064 after leaving hawk hill than during the entire last hour of counting.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 76
Osprey:
White-tailed Kite:
Bald Eagle:
Northern Harrier:
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 19
Cooper’s Hawk: 8
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk: 8
Broad-winged Hawk:
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 55
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin:
Peregrine Falcon: 3
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 1
Buteo:
Falcon:
Eagle:
Raptor:
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
It was foggy and lightly raining throughout the Headlands today. We took a walk up the Miwok trail and saw American Goldfinch, Spotted Towhee, and American Kestrels. Later, we took refuge in the library to enjoy some soup.

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 339       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 56.5       Species Count: 11  
The day started off hot and still, but in under an hour the winds picked up. Despite a northwest wind not a lot of birds were moving through.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 73
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 126
Cooper’s Hawk: 36
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 5
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 71
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 8
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 9
Buteo: 1
Falcon:
Eagle:
Raptor: 1
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 458       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 76.33       Species Count: 12  
It was sunny and clear for the entire day with a consistent light breeze. The morning started off busy and we had activity throughout the day with only a few short lulls. The highlight of the day was a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk during the two o'clock hour that flew by North quad and continued along Slacker Ridge before heading across the bay. We all got a great look at this absolutely gorgeous bird. For the superstitious ones, yes, I was indeed eating chocolate at the time.

Chocolate ferrug
Flies across the sunny ridge
Over sparkling bay

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 105
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 4
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 112
Cooper’s Hawk: 102
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 22
Broad-winged Hawk: 5
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 77
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 14
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 408       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 68       Species Count: 11  
Overcast in the morning which broke up leaving clouds perfect for accipiters to pop out of. Eventually most of the overcast/clouds burnt off leaving a sunny sky. Winds developed as the day went on. A great Peregrine day!

A dark morph Broad-wing
East quad Ferruginous Hawk
Some wind and some sun

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 125
Osprey: 4
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 86
Cooper’s Hawk: 56
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 4
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 104
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 1
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 9
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 6
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Hawk Hill was a foggy mess today.

We ate some chocolate.

Tom gave a great hawk talk.
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 376       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 62.67       Species Count: 9  
SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 94
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 138
Cooper’s Hawk: 35
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 11
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 3
Red-tailed Hawk: 58
Ferruginous Hawk: 2
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 19
Buteo: 4
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 3
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 410       Hours Counted: 5.90       Hawks/Hour: 69.49       Species Count: 9  
Today's weather was characterized by a consistent inversion of fog below and clear skies above. It seemed like it might turn into a warm day, but the wind kicked up in the afternoon. We blame it on the fact that 2 of our Hawkwatchers decided to leave their down jackets in the car. That just wasn't close enough to chase the chill away. Activity was consistent although slow until the last hour in which we didn't see many raptors at all.

Looking for falcons
Hawkwatchers scan foggy hills
Kestrel flitters by

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 119
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 124
Cooper’s Hawk: 55
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk:9
Broad-winged Hawk: 1
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 65
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 21
Buteo: 8
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 4

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 498       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 83       Species Count: 9  
Low fog early on
Lots of sharps fluttering by
Speices count wasn't high

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 157
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 170
Cooper’s Hawk: 50
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 9
Broad-winged Hawk: 4
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 60
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 0
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 30
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 11

Today started with early morning low fog and was sunny with good winds but very few birds.

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 605       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 100.83       Species Count: 13  
Today started off with low fog, but a clear hill above. We started off with sunny and still conditions. The fog ocean tried to creep in once again in the afternoon, but a fair wind cleared our skies once again for a sunny and busy day.

Thick ocean of fog
Accipiters appear from
clouds and swirl overhead

Species Counts
Turkey Vulture:82
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite:1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier:2
Sharp-shinned Hawk:230
Cooper’s Hawk: 129
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 7
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 91
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel:3
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon:1
Prairie Falcon: 1

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 51
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor:2

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 583       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 97.17       Species Count: 11  
Nice warm day with a lot of exciting buteo action. Ten broad-wings, three ferrug, and a lot of shoulders.

And for a haiku -

Ferruginous Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk Again
Ferruginous Hawk

Turkey Vulture: 171
Osprey: 3
White-tailed Kite:
Bald Eagle:
Northern Harrier: 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 117
Cooper’s Hawk: 79
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk: 22
Broad-winged Hawk: 10
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 110
Ferruginous Hawk: 3
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 5
Merlin:
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 48
Buteo: 4
Falcon: 1
Eagle:
Raptor: 6

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 657       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 109.5       Species Count: 11  
Today was warm and sunny; a perfect day to be on the hill. We saw tons of sharps! 245 to be exact. Lots of coops too, and surprisingly, a lot of broadwings (18). One flew right over hawk hill, very low, and gave us a good look. One of the broadwings was a dark morph which was also neat to see. Another highlight of the day was a juvenile ferruginous hawk that stooped on one of the blinds. Huge bird, very white underbelly - very cool. All in all a happy, fun day on the hill.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 101
Osprey: 3
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 245
Cooper’s Hawk: 114
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 21
Broad-winged Hawk: 19
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 105
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 3
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 28
Buteo: 3
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 3

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 694       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 115.67       Species Count: 14  
Ferruginous Hawk
Fourteen species flying high
Fine weather today

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 120
Osprey: 5
White-tailed Kite: 4
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 271
Cooper’s Hawk: 109
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 4
Broad-winged Hawk: 10
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 88
Ferruginous Hawk: 1
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 2
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 3
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 55
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 11

-Teresa
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 45       Hours Counted: 1.00       Hawks/Hour: 45       Species Count: 7  
We had a wet and foggy start to the day so we checked out the annex and went on a short bird walk. Then we went to Battery Spencer for a closer look at the North Tower Peregrines. There were a few glimmers of sunlight throughout the day, but no consistent clearing. And now the reason you really checked out the blog, the daily poetry installment:

Giselle the Band-tail
In a flock circling the hill
Headed for the fog

There weren't very many hawks to inspire my haiku this time. Bob decided that Giselle would be a good name for a bird. We've yet to name the other 24 members of her flock.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 18
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier:4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 7
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk:1
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 9
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 0
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon:2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 342       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 57       Species Count: 11  
SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 127
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 73
Cooper’s Hawk: 26
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 5
Broad-winged Hawk: 2
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 80
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 1

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 9
Buteo: 6
Falcon: 1
Eagle:
Raptor: 1
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 357       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 59.5       Species Count: 14  
Over the lagoon
Golden Eagle morphs to Bald
Floats up to the sun

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 156
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 2
Bald Eagle: 1
Northern Harrier:1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 38
Cooper’s Hawk: 44
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk:5
Broad-winged Hawk: 1
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 79
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon:2
Prairie Falcon: 1

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 14
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 3

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 175       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 29.17       Species Count: 11  
3 o'clock merlin
Broad-winged flying away
Not a lot of birds

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 101
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 11
Cooper’s Hawk: 7
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 1
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 36
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 3
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 2
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 272       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 45.33       Species Count: 11  
Snappy Merlin flight
Broad-winged Hawk goes floating by
Redtails cross the bay

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 84
Osprey: 6
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier:2
Sharp-shinned Hawk:45
Cooper’s Hawk: 16
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk:4
Broad-winged Hawk: 1
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 92
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 6
Peregrine Falcon:3
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 7
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 414       Hours Counted: 5.50       Hawks/Hour: 75.27       Species Count: 11  
Fog in the morning
Male Northern Harrier
Afternoon wind blows

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 85
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 133
Cooper’s Hawk: 41
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Broad-winged Hawk: 6
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 109
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 7
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 15
Buteo: 3
Falcon: 2
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Teresa

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 336       Hours Counted: 5.75       Hawks/Hour: 58.43       Species Count: 12  
The sharpies are coming! The sharpies are coming!

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 82
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 111
Cooper’s Hawk: 29
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 5
Broad-winged Hawk: 3
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 69
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 8
Merlin: 5
Peregrine Falcon: 4
Prairie Falcon: 1

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 12
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 2
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 261       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 43.5       Species Count: 11  
Today I don’t have to come up with any poetry, because the birds were poetic enough. A turkey vulture transformed itself into a golden eagle early in the day, and a couple of broad wings showed up at the hill a bit later. Merlins also made an appearance at the party. Maybe this migration really will happen.


SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 100
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 40
Cooper’s Hawk: 8
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 2
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 86
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle: 1
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 3
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 4
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 58       Hours Counted: 3.00       Hawks/Hour: 19.33       Species Count: 7  
There once was a hill very foggy
Which happens to be better than smoggy
The birds came and went
Without much event
And an osprey is not a doggy!

Poetry courtesy of the Friday 2 team...they wrote this unsupervised while I was entering data so I have no literary insight into the last line.

-Carmen

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 15
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 5
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 28
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 85       Hours Counted: 3.00       Hawks/Hour: 28.33       Species Count: 5  
We had lots of fog
Unidentified raptor
We saw a few birds

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 22
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 8
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 41
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 0
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter: 3
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 1
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 6

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 229       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 38.17       Species Count: 9  
Windy north quadrant
Flurry of Redtails go by
Where are the accips?

SPECIES COUNT:
Turkey Vulture: 116
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper’s Hawk: 1
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk:1
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 91
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 5
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 2
Buteo: 4
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 3
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 109       Hours Counted: 5.00       Hawks/Hour: 21.8       Species Count: 5  
There once was some watchers on hawkhill
Searching for birds with a curved bill
Just as we feared
The fog then appeared
So we saw few raptors despite our skill

SPECIES COUNT:
Turkey Vulture: 75
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 1
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 26
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 0
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 2
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 2

-Lynn-rick (and her plucky sidekick Teresa)
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
today's hawkwatch report will be presented in shakespearian sonnet.

hawk hill today was enshrouded in fog
we decide to hike on bobcat trail
no lagoon walk since it's a stinky bog
saw some kestrels and an adult red tail

hopped in cars and to the annex we drove
hoping that the fog would be lifting soon
saw the tower peregrine that we love
but the fog stayed until the afternoon

my what a change from all this hot weather!
we see some band-tails and a bewick's wren
no hawks in air, not even a feather
and alas, this weather is looking grim

to ten sixty four we're pushed by the fog
and now the intern sits, writing this blog


-helen



Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 37       Hours Counted: 1.66       Hawks/Hour: 22.29       Species Count: 4  
Wonderful watchers wondered why they waited and withstood wretched winds.

Winds above 30 mph today.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 10
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
Cooper’s Hawk: 0
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 20
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 0
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 3

-Teresa

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 340       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 56.67       Species Count: 7  
Standing on a hill
Vigilant bird nerds unite
Scanning for raptors

I'll leave the alliteration to Lynn...haikus are more my style. And here's the info you really wanted...

It was a sunny breezy day on the hill. We got a few good looks at Osprey and the North tower Peregrine.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 162
Osprey: 3
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 8
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 159
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 0
Merlin:0
Peregrine Falcon:1
Prairie Falcon:0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 3
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 152       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 25.33       Species Count: 7  
Another hot day with little wind and few birds.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 61
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 7
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 78
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin:
Peregrine Falcon:
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Lynn
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 139       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 23.17       Species Count: 6  
It was a smokin' hot day on the hill and unfortunately I'm only referring to the temperature. With virtually nonexistent wind (even the TV's were pumping), raptor activity was slooooow.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 74
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 49
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 207       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 34.5       Species Count: 7  
Fourteen fervidly focused feathered-friend finders fruitlessly foraged the fiery fields for falconiformes.

SPECIES COUNT:
Turkey Vulture: 91
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite:
Bald Eagle:
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk:
Cooper’s Hawk: 4
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk: 5
Broad-winged Hawk:
Swainson’s Hawk:
Red-tailed Hawk: 99
Ferruginous Hawk:
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle:
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin:
Peregrine Falcon:
Prairie Falcon:

UNIDENTIFIED
Accipiter:
Buteo: 3
Falcon:
Eagle:
Raptor:

(F)lynn
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 185       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 30.83       Species Count: 8  
We had a clear and hot day with low speed variable winds in the afternoon. Activity was slow as expected, but we managed to pick up 8 species for the day.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 85
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper’s Hawk: 13
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 78
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 1
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Carmen

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 242       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 40.33       Species Count: 8  
We had a very windy and sunny start to today's Hawkwatch but eventually the winds turned into a nice breeze. Even with a small team, we made it through the day with some good sightings.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 130
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Cooper’s Hawk: 9
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 8
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 79
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 3
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 4

-Teresa
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 223       Hours Counted: 5.50       Hawks/Hour: 40.55       Species Count: 7  
It was a beautiful, sunny day today. We made it up to the hill by 10am. We saw lots of osprey and a prairie falcon which was later caught by slacker blind. The banders were nice enough to notify us of its release so we could get a good look at it.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 99
Osprey: 7
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 7
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 4
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 97
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 1

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 4
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0

Helen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 110       Hours Counted: 3.25       Hawks/Hour: 33.85       Species Count: 5  
Sorry for the delayed posting!

Daily HawkCount:

Turkey Vulture: 47
Osprey: 5
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 2
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 49
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 5
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Eagle: 0
Falcon: 0
Raptor: 2
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 177       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 29.5       Species Count: 6  
We had a beautiful start to the day. The highlight was a Prairie Falcon spotted by Slacker Hill which then perched on a rock and later flew across the bay towards San Francisco.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 64
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk:3
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 0
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk:95
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 7
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 1

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 2
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 3

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 185       Hours Counted: 6.00       Hawks/Hour: 30.83       Species Count: 7  
Sunny day and kinda slow.

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 110
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 4
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 62
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 3
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED:
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 1
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 1

-Teresa

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 154       Hours Counted: 5.50       Hawks/Hour: 28       Species Count: 7  
We had sun and a good wind for the entire day, but raptor activity was relatively slow. We had a flurry of juv Red-tails in the afternoon, and only a few Turkey Vultures in our last half hour.

Species Count
Turkey Vulture: 65
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle:0
Northern Harrier: 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper's Hawk: 5
Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson's Hawk:0
Red-tailed Hawk: 73
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk:0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 4
Merlin: 0
Peregrine: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

Unidentified
Accipiter: 1
Buteo: 0
Falcon:
Eagle:0
Raptor: 2

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 228       Hours Counted: 5.50       Hawks/Hour: 41.45       Species Count: 7  
Another sunny day on Hawk Hill, believe it or not. It was relatively slow day, but we spotted a couple of osprey, a white-tailed kite, and nine black swifts.

Daily HawkCount:
Turkey Vulture: 100
Osprey: 2
White-tailed Kite: 1
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 5
Northern Goshawk: 0
Red-shouldered Hawk: 3
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 105
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk: 0
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 6
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 4
Eagle: 0
Falcon: 0
Raptor: 2

-Lynn
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 72       Hours Counted: 3.00       Hawks/Hour: 24       Species Count: 5  
NO FOG!

Today marked the first official day of hawkwatch data collection! The day began warm and sunny at 1064, with a little fog visible on hawk hill. The tuesday 2 team decided to wait a little bit to let the last residual fog burn off, so we went to the annex and then hiked on Miwok trail. While there, we saw a few kestrels, wrentits, and goldfinches. After the hike we turned our eyes to hawk hill and saw clear skies, so we hopped in the cars as quickly as possible and began hawkwatching! The day began around 12:30. While there, we saw lots of turkey vultures and red-tails. A few coops were spotted and some kestrels. We also got a look at a few juvenile red-shouldered hawks!

SPECIES COUNTS:
Turkey Vulture: 19
Osprey: 0
White-tailed Kite: 0
Bald Eagle: 0
Northern Harrier: 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 0
Cooper’s Hawk: 4
Northern Goshawk:
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
Broad-winged Hawk: 0
Swainson’s Hawk: 0
Red-tailed Hawk: 45
Ferruginous Hawk: 0
Rough-legged Hawk:
Golden Eagle: 0
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin: 0
Peregrine Falcon: 0
Prairie Falcon: 0

UNIDENTIFIED…
Accipiter: 0
Buteo: 0
Falcon: 0
Eagle: 0
Raptor: 0


In other interesting news....
Nick Whelan reported spotting a probable Northern Goshawk over Kirby Cove from Conzelman Road around about 2pm. The bird was mostly juvenile, but molting in its wings.

-Helen Davis
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Hawkwatch Day 7: Fog

No surprise that today started off with some fog. We took a walk around the lagoon to kill time and let the fog burn off. A few of today's bird sightings included: Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Marbled Godwit, Baird's Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, and Common Yellowthroat. We felt like the fog was lifting just enough and saw a hint of blue in the sky so we quickly headed back to the GGRO office, grabbed our stuff and were off to Hawk Hill. At the top we had lunch, however, there wasn’t enough blue sky to have a successful hawkwatch so we called it a day.

Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Yet another fog out for Hawkwatch! We headed down to the lagoon and rifle range before settling in the annex. We saw Hawk Hill for all of 30 seconds today before it was swallowed by the fog once again. At the annex, we saw several Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, a Red-shouldered Hawk, and the north tower Peregrines.

-Carmen
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Despite our optimism, it was foggy once again. There were more watchers than hawks.

-Lynn Schofield
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
The headlands were in true form today, completely fogging out hawk hill. In an attempt to blow the fog off the hill, the thursday 1 team went up despite the gruesome conditions and tried to do some birding anyways. An adult red-tail and a juvenile cooper's hawk were spotted through the fog, but the team finally decided to go to the annex, where there were sunny skies. While there, the team saw lots of red-tails, a few cooper's hawks, a northern harrier, and what was thought to be a sharp-shinned hawk. So, between that and Ann's amazing soup, the day wasn't a complete bust!

Helen Davis
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
Another day enshrouded in fog. In lieu of hawkwatching, we took a walk around the lagoon and then collected owl pellets. After much investigation, we determined it was skunk parts in the pellet.
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
It's the second day of the season and the fog has decided to shroud us once again. We headed to the beach to check out an injured bird that a visitor reported and on the way, recovered a banded cormorant. At the lagoon, we saw three river otters, a Great Blue Heron, Brown Pelicans and a couple of Western Sandpipers. No raptors in sight nor signs of clearing.

-Carmen DeLeon
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Day Total Hawks: 0       Hours Counted: 0.00       Hawks/Hour: 0       Species Count: 0  
First day of the season and we were fogged out. We headed to the Annex to see if we could spot any raptors, but we were fogged out again. Then we decided to take a short hike on the Bobcat Trail and saw a hint of blue sky, which lasted only a minute. On the way back, part of the group spotted a Cooper’s hawk and then a wet adult Red-tailed hawk perched in a tree. It was a very foggy and at some points wet day.

-Teresa Ely
Data have not been entirely checked – contact Buzz Hull at bhull@parksconservancy.org for final results and for permission to use.