Washington Monument Hawk Watch

Boonsboro Maryland

The hawks we watch!

Below is a list of the hawks we see at the hawk watch with a brief summery of their activities over the past 6 years of fall counts and the past 4 spring seasons and when to see them.  We do not count the vultures as they are around all year and there is no way to know what is migrating and what is not.

Osprey

Fall migration begins in mid-August and continues through mid-November. Spring migration begins in late March and ends in mid-May.   The Osprey is a fairly regular visitor with an average season total of 155 birds in the fall with a peak around mid September until the first week of October and a Spring Average of 264.8 birds with a peak  around the last week of April.                                   

Bald Eagle

Fall migration begins in mid-August and continues through the season into December.  Spring Migration  is from mid-March until mid-May.  It's not common but a regular migrant.  In the fall it averages 81 birds with a peak in mid-late September.  In the Spring it averages 27.5 birds with a peak in late April and early May.

Northern Harrier

Fall migration begins in late-August and continues through the season into December.  Spring Migration  is from early-March until early-May.  It's not common but a regular migrant.  In the fall it averages 69 birds with a peak in mid-late October.  In the Spring it averages 36.6 birds with a peak in late April and early May.          

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Fall migration begins in late-August and continues through the season into December.  Spring Migration  is from early-March until early-May.  It's a common migrant often seen in large daily numbers.  In the fall it averages 966 birds with a peak in late October.  In the Spring it averages 177 birds with a peak in late April.

 

Cooper's Hawk

Fall migration begins in late-August and continues through the season into December.  Spring Migration  is from late Febuary until early-May.  It's not common but a regular migrant.  In the fall it averages 156 birds with a peak in early-mid October.  In the Spring it averages 23.3 birds with a peak in late March and again in late April.

 

Northern Goshawk

Fall migration begins in early October and continues through the season into December.  Spring Migration  is from late March until late April.  It's a are sight at the hawk watch.  In the fall it averages 5 birds with a peak in late October and again in late November.  In the Spring it averages .6 birds with no real peak.

 

Red-shouldered Hawk

Fall migration begins in late-August and continues through the season into December.  Spring Migration  is from early-March until late-May.  It's not common but a regular migrant.  In the fall it averages 50 birds with a peak in late October into early November.  In the Spring it averages 16.3 birds with a peak in mid March.

 

Broad-winged Hawk

Fall migration begins in late-August and continues until early October.  Spring Migration  is from mid April until mid May.  It's  common but and on some days it's very common.  In the fall it averages 2798 birds with a peak in mid-late September.  In the Spring it averages 724.6 birds with a peak in mid-late April.

 

Red-tailed Hawk

Fall migration begins in late-August and continues through the season into December.  Spring Migration  is from late Feb until early-May.  It's common and a regular bird, but also there are many local birds.  In the fall it averages 1002 birds with a peak in late October and early November.  In the Spring it averages 225.1birds with a peak in mid March and early April.

 

Rough-legged Hawk

It's just rare, 1 record in the last week of November in the last 6 years.  With the fall of 2010 setting a record of 2 birds.  There are no spring records.

 

Golden Eagle

A rare late fall migrant.  It averages 13 birds a season with a peak in late October and early November.  Spring of 2011 counted 2 Goldens, the first spring record of this species

American Kestrel

Fall migration begins in late-August and continues through late Nov..  Spring Migration  is from early March until early-May.  It's common and a regular bird, but not seen everyday.  In the fall it averages 94 birds with a peak in mid September through mid October.  In the Spring it averages 22.6 birds with a peak  early April.

Merlin

Fall migration begins in early September and continues through late October.  Spring Migration  is from early March until late April.  It's an uncommon but regular bird.  In the fall it averages 25 birds with a peak in late September and mid-late October.  In the Spring it averages 5.1 birds with a peak in early April.

Peregrine Falcon

Fall migration begins in early September and continues through mid November.  Spring Migration  is from late March until early-May.  It's uncommon but regular bird.  In the fall it averages 37 birds with a peak in late September and early October.  In the Spring it averages 4.3 birds with no real peak.

Vultures

We dont count the vultures but there are plenty to see