the opposite of a hawk watch | this count is one where the hawkwatchers are on the move and hawks -- more or less -- aren't. These "Winter Counts" are now conducted around Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Groundhog Day in two locations with similar open, flat terrain and of approx. the same square miles.
This didn't take long. While Tuesday, 11/22/04, was a balmy day, there were very few hawks and those were in clusters with a lot a empty roads in between.
It looks like it might be a poor vole year for the complex of fields primarily west of Rt. 22A in the towns of Bridport, Addison, and Panton along the Vermont side of Lake Champlain with the immature birds flying right on through the area unable to find enough to eat.
12 Red-tailed Hawks [9 adults; 3 immatures]
And... 1 Northern Shrike.
North Country, NY
Based on a couple of quick tours by Gerry, we were not optimistic. We were however, looking at our first Roughlegs very early in the day and the numbers were respectable with an added bonus of Great Horned Owl sitting out in the open. An adult male Merlin posing for a nice scope look ended the day. Nice.
30 Red-tailed Hawks [23 adults; 5 immatures; 2 undetermined]
And... 4 Northern Shrikes, plus 1 Great Horned Owl.
Amherst Island, Ontario
The Meadowlark and TV were just a little out of place for the end of November.
6 Red-tailed Hawks [4 adults; 1 immature; 1 undetermined]
And... 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Northern Shrike, & 1 immie Turkey Vulture.
Hawk Food: 1 Meadowlark.
[above right: Great Horned Owl perched out in broad daylight just off Pt. Peninusula.]