|Broadwings riding a thermal|
As the calendar ticks past September 20th the Broad-winged Hawk migration is winding down. Historically 88% of them have passed through southeast Michigan by this date. Although there haven't been the epic 100,000+ count days at LEMP this year, I did set a new record for my yard yesterday when a kettle (group of birds gaining altitude on rising air columns called thermals) of 500 broadwings flew over yesterday. They were flying so high that my camera couldn't focus on them until they were losing altitude as they spread out and streamed out of the thermal.
|The black specks are Broadwinged Hawks|
Today I had 53 more broadwings fly over. They were much lower and I was able to get some decent photos, including the one at the top of this page.
|Relatively low flying BW Hawk|
|I'll clean the feeder tomorrow|
Apparently there is a company that photographs boats from a helicopter. I checked their website and they take pretty nice pictures. They might have been photographing my across-the-yard neighbor's boat that hasn't been in the water during the 8 years that we've lived here. I wonder if they take pictures of backyard hawkwatchers' camera rigs.
|Boatpix.com pilot coveting my camera|
1. The Broadwinged hawks will pass through between Sept 17-20 but maybe not where you want them to.
2. The old disney movie 'Mary Poppins' was not a documentary and she may not even have been a real person.
2a. While the movie was beloved for generations in the U.S., I'm told in England it has been characterized as setting US/UK relations back nearly 200 years.
2b. Dick Van Dyke is not from England(independent verification needed).