Hawk banding demonstration at Holiday Beach
Each fall the Hawk Migration Festival is held over two weekends at Holiday Beach C.A. This year there were 5,476 Broad-winged Hawks recorded from the hawk viewing tower on the first day of the festival.
immature Broad-winged Hawk circling over hawk watching tower
banded Gray-cheeked Thrush ready for release
The feathers of the head can be parted by blowing through a straw. The bander is looking to see if the skull is completely ossified. This male Golden-crowned Kinglet was photographed on October 6.
male Orange-crowned Warbler (spring plumage). Early October is the best time to look for Orange-crowned Warblers. This species is scarce in the spring but relatively easy to find in the fall. Look for them in thickets, goldenrod meadows and shrubby edges.