Gary Starr at the overlook.

On Septemer 17, twenty-five people led by Bruce McPherson and Ron Payne set out on a joint trip between Green Mountain and Otter Creek Audubon to view migrating Hawks from Buck Mountain in Waltham yesterday. In previous years this trip had been fairly disappointing with the Hawks few and far betwee, but the weather seemed favorable so we were cautiously optimistic at the outset. On the hike up to the overlook Warren King kept us entertained by pointing out interesting plant-life such as parasitic Beech-drop, threatened Sweet Joe-pye Weed and absolutely inedible Destroying Angel mushrooms. When we reached the top we were rewarded with an outstanding view of the Champlain Valley, and better yet, a great view of Hawks. For the next couple of hours we saw a few large kettles of Broad-winged Hawks form, rising up on thermals in groups and streaming off to the south. One of the most dramatic moments came when a young Broad-wing took umbrage with sharing the same airspace with a young Red-tailed Hawk and started actively harassing it at right in front of us. Also seen passing were Sharp-shinned Hawks, a Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagles, an Osprey and a Northern Harrier. At the end of the day this was considered an very successful and enjoyable trip by all.

For more Hawk Watch pictures, see the gallery on our Facebook page.

A full checklist of birds seen follows below and all our sightings have been uploaded to eBird.

– Ron Payne

Canada Goose 291
Mallard 7
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 3
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7
Broad-winged Hawk 147
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Common Raven 4
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
Brown Creeper 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1