Monday, February 20, 2012

Hunting Red-tailed

This Red-tailed Hawk at College Creek Hawkwatch today, likely the one from Feb 10 posted earlier, apparently had a small mammal underfoot, as it listened, jumped and stomped around for several minutes in a small marsh after last night's light snow.

Brian Taber

Friday, February 10, 2012

College Creek Hawkwatch Begins

The 16th consecutive late winter/spring hawkwatch at College Creek began today. It's the only regular hawkwatch in VA during this season. It was very hazy today, as the photo shows, unusual for this time of year, but southwest winds and temperatures in the 40s made for a pleasant start. Two birds were tallied coming across the 1 1/2 mile wide James River, a Turkey Vulture and a Red-tailed Hawk. The Red-tailed pictured above was not seen migrating, but welcomed me to the site, atop the only cedar tree there.

The hawkwatch operates daily, weather and schedules permitting, with several volunteers through May. It is generally a morning event, from about 9-1, as birds use the warming air to cross the river. Many other migrants are seen, including swallows, waterfowl and shorebirds. Visitors are always welcome, contact me for other details as needed. It's located on the Colonial Parkway, about 3 miles south of Williamsburg. Information will be regularly posted here, on the VA List Serve and on our Facebook page.

Brian Taber

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Snowy Owl!

A Snowy Owl was reported today from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-tunnel...and a photo was forwarded to the Observatory's Facebook page. There have been a number of widespread reports of Snowys in the east in recent weeks.
Brian Taber