|View to the north from Waggoner's Gap--a bit of haze in the distance|
Ah, vacation! Too short and never long enough!
My vacation last week was spent outdoors a lot. I went hawkwatching at Waggoner’s Gap hawkwatch and saw oodles of raptors. This time of year I can expect to see upwards of 1000 Broad-winged hawks in a day, but I also had good views of many Bald Eagles, a Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and assorted Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrel.
|A few Broad-winged hawks in a 'kettle"|
One of the fun things about a hawkwatch is that raptors often do interesting things as they are migrating. We saw two Bald Eagles lock talons and fall some feet cartwheeling before breaking off and continuing southwards. We also watched a young Peregrine Falcon harassing local turkey vultures several times for no obvious reason. Also unusual was the eastern skink that appeared, missing most of its tail, which in and of itself is not unusual as they can drop their tails in the face of danger.
|Feet with skink|
The skink did provide some amusement during times when the birds weren’t flying. It makes me hope this one beats the odds and makes it through the winter.