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First 3-digit Peregine Days of 2015

October 7, 2015
Immature Peregrine Falcon flying by the Florida Keys Hawkwatch. Photo by Keven Sunderland.

Immature Peregrine Falcon flying by the Florida Keys Hawkwatch. Photo by Keven Sunderland.

Single day 3-digit Peregrine Falcon counts are not uncommon at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, but they have been relatively delayed this 2015 fall season (see the chart below). We finally experienced the first for 2015 in recent days, with 102 Peregrines counted on 10/05/15 and an excellent 233 on 10/06/15. We hope this is only the beginning of the falcon show. We also have a new single day record for Bald Eagles, with 8 counted on 10/06.

UPDATE OCT 7

TOP FLIGHTS OF PEFA FKH select

Raptor Count Update – Oct. 1, 2015

October 1, 2015
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Photos by Ted Keyel.

UPDATE OCT 1

Raptor Count Update – Sept. 25, 2015

September 25, 2015
Migrating Osprey, Curry Hammock SP. Photo by Ted Keyel.

Migrating Osprey, Curry Hammock SP. Photo by Ted Keyel.

UPDATE SEP 25 b

 

424 Frigatebirds Over the Hawkwatch

September 25, 2015
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424 Magnificent Frigatebirds flew past the Florida Keys Hawkwatch on Friday September 16, 2015!!! Frigatebirds are a perk at our site since few other North American hawkwatches encounter the species regularly. The official counter this day was Ted Keyel. Video by Rafael Galvez.

I originally shared this video on Facebook and have never had so many shares and so many views before. I thought you may appreciate if I shared it through our blog.

First Day of Migration Monitoring 2015

September 15, 2015
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Prairie Warbler (left) and Wilson’s Warbler (right) found in the Middle Keys on 9/15/2015. Photos by Ted Keyel.

We had a stellar first day of migration monitoring in the Middle Keys this September 15th. During the last couple of days much of South Florida has received intermittent heavy downpours. The thunderstorms have been associated with a high pressure system across the southeast, ushering a return flow of tropical moisture from the Atlantic and Caribbean into Florida. This morning, as the skies dissipated after periods of heavy rain at daybreak, we could see many warblers making landfall into Long Key. Even before arriving into Long Key State Park for our first morning transect survey of the season, we had already seen 7 warbler species and multiple individuals of each (Worm-eating 6, Northern Parula 11, American Redstart 24, Black-throated Blue 6, Black-and-white 1, Ovenbird 10, Prairie Warbler 12) from the Keys Marine Lab to the Layton Trail. Many more birds waited for us within the state park boundaries.

By the end of the day, we had encountered 17 warbler species, 5 raptor species (primarily Merlins), Chuck-will’s Widows (11), various shorebirds including Whimbrel and Semipalmated Sandpiper, and large squadrons of Frigatebirds. Unfortunately, rain and strong winds kept migratory activity at Curry Hammock relatively slow.

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Chestnut-sided Warbler at Curry Hammock State Park. 9/15/2015. Photo by Ted Keyel.

Warbler species counted today (9/15/2015) included:
Northern Parula – 43
Prairie Warbler – 47
Yellow Warbler – 1
Wilson’s Warbler – 1
Hooded Warbler – 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler – 1
Worm-eating Warbler – 22
Black-and-white Warbler – 12
Swainson’s Warbler – 2
Ovenbird – 59
Northern Waterthrush – 5
Common Yellowthroat – 3
Yellow-throated Warbler – 4
Magnolia Warbler – 3
Cape May Warbler – 5
Black-throated Blue Warbler – 17
American Redstart – 84

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First day at the hawkwatch. Ted Keyel scans the sky from the deck at Curry Hammock. Photo by Rafael Galvez.

While we did not see many raptors this rainy and windy day, we did see the first Peregrine Falcons of the 2015 season. We counted 4 during the morning transect at Long Key, and 2 at the hawkwatch. Merlin was the raptor of the day with 13 at Long Key and 5 at the hawkwatch. Some Ospreys were also on the move, and single Cooper’s Hawk and Turkey Vulture were seen at Long Key.

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The first Peregrine Falcon tallied at the hawkwatch for the fall of 2015. Photos by Ted Keyel.

Other highlights included Chuck-will’s Widows, several White-crowned Pigeons, Red-eyed Vireos and Acadian Flycather. Counters today included Rafael Galvez and Ted Keyel.

With intermittent thunderstorms continuing in the coming days, we are looking forward to another interesting migration season in the Middle Keys.

 

2015 Fall Migration Season

August 18, 2015

SEPTEMBER 15 – NOVEMBER 2, 2015

Migration Counts at Curry Hammock State Park will take place from September 15 through November 2, 2015. Visitors can join the counters daily from 9am to 4pm DST. Please link to the Participate page on this site for information.

2014 Fall Migration Results

August 18, 2015

MIGRATION COUNT TOTALS FOR LONG KEY AND CURRY HAMMOCK STATE PARKS, AUG. 23 – NOV. 2, 2014

Totals 2014

RAPTOR MIGRATION COUNTS AT CURRY HAMMOCK STATE PARK, SEP. 2 – NOV. 2, 2014:

Final Totals 2014 FINALsm