Thursday 16 May 2024

A Truly Epic Hawk Watch at Zion - Ferruginous Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, and More!

 Last Friday I awoke in the early morning (3am) and made the trek from Fergus down to Zion Road near Wheatley, Ontario with high hopes of seeing some of the rarities that had been blown in by days and days of consecutive south winds.  The forecast was calling for a shift in wind direction from the north, and I expected that some of these birds (particularly any raptors that were in the area) would be sent towards the lake as they headed south.  I was not disappointed!  We had the Ferruginous Hawk (found by Brandon the previous days) fly right by, and only a couple of hours later had a Swallow-tailed Kite.  Other highlights included a Eurasian Collared Dove that bombed right past us as it also headed south.  A few of the photos from the day are below.

Eurasian Collared Dove - too fast to get more than a blur!

Horned Lark

Brown Thrasher

Black-bellied Plover

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hwk

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Red-tailed Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

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