The HLFM annual Hawk Watch with Maggie Jones took place on October 2, 2021 with another perfect day for migrating hawks and songbirds (and a few butterflies, dragonflies and spring peepers).
Maggie Jones’ Hawk and Bird Watch 2021
Species Observation List 10/2/21
Harrier (2 or 3 individuals- 1 female, 2 immature)
Bald Eagle (juv)
Greater Black-backed Gull
N. Mourning Dove
Clay Pit Woods Observations
Butterflies, Dragonflies & Frogs
Dragonflies (mostly common green darner)
Merlins (Falco columbarius) are small falcons. They are strong flyers and can pluck a bird out of the air in mid-flight. They also feed on small mammals, bats and insects. Even though they are sometimes the prey of Great Horned Owls and Peregrine Falcons, Merlins are aggressive and will attack just about any bird they encounter, including those that are predators.
Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins (USFWS)
The Henry L. Ferguson Museum keeps an active tally of all birds sighted on Fishers Island.
If you are interested in participating, please send an email to email@example.com and we will provide you with a Birding Checklist.