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Peregrine Falcon Update – October 20, 2013

October 20, 2013

PEFA PER YEAR AS OF OCT 20 2013

Above is a chart that includes all seasonal Peregrine Falcon totals from raptor migration counts at Curry Hammock State Park since the fall of 1999. The current season’s total (2013) is featured as a red-colored bar. With more than two weeks left of counts, it is difficult to predict what our final Peregrine tally will be. Regardless, this has been a stellar season for the species. Even if we saw no more Peregrines (virtually impossible), this year’s current total of 3,604 would rank among the top 2 counts in the project’s history – and anywhere in the world!

Peregrine Falcon photographed at Curry Hammock State Park by Kevan Sunderland.

Peregrine Falcon photographed at Curry Hammock State Park by Kevan Sunderland.

Raptor count totals to date:
Turkey Vulture – 341
Osprey – 1428
Bald Eagle – 8
Northern Harrier – 242
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1268
Cooper’s Hawk – 442
Red-shouldered Hawk – 8
Broad-winged Hawk – 3573
Swainson’s Hawk – 1
Short-tailed Hawk – 25
Mississippi Kite – 86
Swallow-tailed Kite – 14
American Kestrel – 1449
Merlin – 325
Peregrine Falcon – 3604
Unknown Accipiter – 8
Unknown Buteo – 7
Unknown Falcon – 5
Unknown Raptor – 13
Total: 12,847

 

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