Lead an all day walk to St. Joe Peninsula SP and St. George Island yesterday. It was a great day. We counted hawks and other mirgants flying over Eagle Harbor for 5 hours and had over 80 raptors of 9 species, including 6 Broad-winged Hawks. Cooper's Hawk was the most common migrant, we counted 37. Other highlights on the peninsula included a fine Western Kingbird.
Broad-winged Hawk - juvenile
There were thousands of butterflies and dragonflies migrating as well.
Monarch feeding on Goldenrod
The hawk migration slowed somewhat by 230pm so we headed east to St. George Island. The youth camp was pretty quiet but we did have 2 Orange-crowned Warblers and 2 Indigo Buntings. There were several hundred Mourning Doves scattered along the main road and in the park, a careful search of the wires produced 2 White-winged Doves. The highlight of the day however was saved for last. As we were leaving the state park, the ladies spotted a hawk resting on a dune alongside the road. It was a gorgeous juvenile Swainson's Hawk. We watched this scarce migrant for a while and managed a few decent pics.
Swainson's Hawk - juvenile