Hawk watch

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I miss my hawk.

This little broad-winged hawk, perched here in the oak tree in our front yard, was a visitor for about three weeks from the end of July through the middle of August.

I would hear its call off and on all day (“a plaintive, high-pitched whistle”), and see it circling low above our house, lawn and woods. At first I worried it was after my free-ranging chickens, but broad-wings are very small and my chickens are pretty big and fat. It never bothered them and they got used to it.

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Email last night from NH Audubon said that hawk-watching migration season begins September 1. Email from the NH Birds group with daily counts for raptors passing over Pack Monadnock a couple of days ago included 2 osprey, 2 bald eagles, 2 sharp-shinned hawks, a red-tailed hawk, a kestrel, and 5 broad-winged hawks. Was my hawk one of them?

Probably not because why would it go west to go south. Still, I plan to visit a hawk watch site like MonadnockĀ sometime in September on a busy migration day to see what I can see.