Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch 9/7-8/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

September 7, 2012

After a successful morning on the Rockfish Valley Trail, I headed over to the Hawk Watch later in the afternoon. There weren't many raptors to be seen, but we were treated to a few Bald Eagles, a female Northern Harrier, a few Broad-winged Hawks and Ospreys, and some resident Red-tailed Hawks. The highlight for me was a close flyover by a juvenile Bald Eagle.


Adult Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Female Northern Harrier


Broad-winged Hawk


Osprey


Red-tailed Hawk

An interesting Rock Pigeon with white wing bars also paid us a visit.


Rock Pigeon

September 8, 2012

I was at the Hawk Watch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There were a good number of Bald Eagles, a few hawks and Ospreys, and several American Kestrels. A cool front moved through the area late this afteroon bringing northwesterly winds that should push a good number of migrating birds through the area.


Adult Bald Eagle


Adult Bald Eagle


Adult Bald Eagle


Sub-adult IV Bald Eagle


Osprey


Female American Kestrel


Female American Kestrel


Juvenile American Kestrel



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