Hello All,

We had a great turnout this morning with 27 birders all enjoying the beautiful weather and were treated to a few migrant raptors. We didn't have Hawk Mountain numbers, but 8 raptor species seen and fine birding fellowship made it an enjoyable experience.

Bald Eagle 2                               adult, possibly same bird
Red-tailed Hawk 9                     (ad. and juv.)
Broad-winged Hawk 14             distantly observed
Merlin 1                                      photos confirm MERL
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 2                        likely adult female with full crop
Turkey Vulture 41
Red-shouldered Hawk 4            (good looks at adult and juv. comparison)
Double-crested Cormorant 14   (Cormoradian Geese still pending AOU acceptance)
Accipiter sp. 2                            (accipiters on the wing in the wind are tricky!)
Unidentified raptor 15               (due to distance, haze, or brevity of observation)

Full ebird Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15224240

If interested, here's my morning eBird Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15225430
Note: most activity was within a 15 minute period of migrant passerines- very busy, and I didn't identify all warbler species present.

Tonight I observed hundreds of Great Egrets migrating in large flocks over the STL area, flying south before sunset. Chimney swifts are also still around, yet the Common Nighthawks that live on my roof have disappeared.
Here's a migration report: http://birdcast.info/forecast/regional-migration-forecast-21-27-september-2013/

Good birding, friends!

Christian Hagenlocher
Principia Upper School
St. Louis, MO

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