Migration schabang

Orchard Oriole Feature Image

Today seemed like the first real good day of spring migration, with a huge influx of new species. On a walk around Lancaster County Central park this morning I found four vireo species and eight warbler species as well as Scarlet Tanager and both Baltimore and Orchard Oriole.

I took this picture lasts year on April 30 at Homewood Preserve in Paradise, PA. 

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Image by DaveMaherPhotos via Flickr

The other exciting thing today was the 277 Broad-winged Hawks that were streaming over the house and kettling to the north of me. It’s always neat to see a big group of Broad-winged Hawks, especially from the comfort of your own backyard. In addition to the broadwings, I also spotted two Cooper’s Hawks, an Osprey and two Northern Harriers heading north.