It has been couple of years since I have been to Hawk Cliff. I used to go 3, sometimes 4, times each fall season. I got to know the “regulars” and always looked forward to standing there, sometimes sitting in a lawn chair, scanning the skies looking for hawks, falcons, accipiters, eagles, etc. Often, I would bring friends and fellow birders along with me. Typically, I would spend anywhere from 3 to 5 hours in this endeavor.
Today, I drove to Hawk Cliff. The wind was from the NW and that is the ideal direction for hawk viewing. It was a bit cool. overcast and breezy. I turned off Dexter Line and onto Hawk Cliff Road (a dirt road leading down to the cliff). About 1/2 way down the road, there was a tree across the road that had blown down during the night. I tried to move it, but it wouldn’t budge. So I pulled the van over to the side of the road as much as I could and walked the rest of the way.
I watched for hawks for about an hour when a few more people “walked” in. Then a car showed up. The driver said that he had managed to break the dead tree and pulled it off to the side of the road. So a few of us walked back to get out vehicles. I stay for about 3 1/2 hours, finally leaving at 1 PM. It wasn’t a great day for migration. I saw about 23 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON and 3 BALD EAGLES. Even though there wasn’t a lot of migration, it was still fun searching the skies.
I will try to get back again, next week if possible. This is the prime migration time for hawks.