Friday, October 19, 2018

Swainson's Hawk and Golden Eagle

It's been an exciting two days at the hawkwatch!

Yesterday, October 18th, Anna spotted a juvenile light morph Swainson's Hawk circling above with Turkey Vultures and a Red-tailed Hawk. This West coast bird is a rare hawk for Virginia, and usually only comes this far east if they have gotten mixed in with other Buteos.

Swainson's Hawk (Julia Magill)

Swainson's Hawk with a Turkey Vulture (Julia Magill)

Swainson's Hawk (Julia Magill)
Red-tailed Hawk (Julia Magill)

Today's excitement was due to a Golden Eagle spotted by a visitor to the platform. It was rather far to the East but was close enough for binoculars, and multiple people were able to get a good look through the scope. Hopefully this sighting will be the first of many! 

-Julia