Oct 08 2013
At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, this fall’s high count of 1,338 broad-winged hawks flew by the watch on September 20. That number sounds large but those hawks join all their cohorts from North America to pass a small strip of land between the mountains and the Gulf of Mexico near Veracruz.
The Veracruz Hawk Watch is called the River of Raptors because more than 100,000 hawks per day may pass through between the September 20 and October 25. During the first two weeks of the watch almost all of them are broad-winged hawks. On September 23 the broad-wing count at River of Raptors in Cardel was 354,091.
Above, a slideshow video from a 2011 birding trip to Veracruz celebrates the hawk migration and shows the birds and scenery in the area. (Sorry about the ads.)
Below, a very short video shows the “river of raptors.” A huge kettle of hawks circles up, then tails off in a broad river to the left, heading south. The Spanish title of this video “Vortex Cambiando a Una Linea Ancha” means “Vortex Switching to a Wide Line.”
Wish I’d been there…
(videos from YouTube)