A sampling of results of hawkwatch counts to date for October 2014:
Atlantic Flyway – reported by Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania: turkey vulture (63), osprey (386), bald eagle (184), sharp-shinned hawk (1215), broad-winged hawk (6350), red-tailed hawk (125), American kestrel (239), peregrine falcon (51).
At Cape Henlopen, Delaware, they had a record 124 peregrine falcons fly through in one day! Also sighted: turkey vulture (224), osprey (2396), bald eagle (219), sharp-shinned hawk (661), peregrine falcon (333), American kestrel (542).
Mississippi Flyway reported by Corpus Christi, Texas: They have had a total of over 500,000 raptors pass through ! On one day alone they had 87,971 raptors, and all but 200 were broad-winged hawks! Their tally for the month: turkey vulture (103), osprey (154), sharp-shinned hawk (914), Cooper’s hawk (322), broad-winged hawk (318,858!), red-tailed hawk (13), Swainson’s hawk (117), American kestrel (350), peregrine falcon (156).
Central Flyway – Yaki Point at Grand Canyon, Arizona: They have been getting good numbers of ospreys, Cooper’s hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, northern goshawks, ferruginous hawks, merlins, peregrine and prairie falcons, and a surprising number of broad-winged hawks this year.
Pacific Flyway – reported at Bonney Butte, Mt. Hood, Oregon: sharp-shinned hawk (304), merlin (11), red-tailed hawk (217), Cooper’s hawk (165), turkey vulture (182), golden eagle (5) (golden eagles typically start migrating in November along all flyways), peregrine falcon (7).
For more information on migration counts and to follow what is passing through in November:
For Atlantic flyway weekly counts, http://www.hawkmountain.org/science/hawk-mountain-raptorcount/hawk-count~default.aspx?id=518
In Arizona at the Grand Canyon, http://www.hawkwatch.org/our-work/annual-monitoring/fall-migration/item/75-grand-canyon-raptor-migration-project
For regional forecasts of what is moving through the different flyways: www.birdcast.info/forecast
For a list and links to various hawkwatch sites: www.hawkcount.org