Dark Morphs in Minnesota

Hi, everyone! My name is Allie, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Here in Duluth, fall migration is incredible, featuring high numbers of Red-tailed Hawks showcasing different plumages. Dark morph Red-tailed Hawks migrating and wintering in Minnesota are especially beloved by the raptor community. Why is this? Well, dark morph Red-tailed HawksContinue reading “Dark Morphs in Minnesota”

Fall migration has started, as told by our harlani moving south!

The first three birds to check in after a summer off-grid are three of our harlani that we tagged last winter in Kansas and Nebraska. Fortunately, all three transmitters worked great and we now have nesting locations and some fine scale movement data! Here are their tracks to date: There are still a lot ofContinue reading “Fall migration has started, as told by our harlani moving south!”

More birds added to our project thanks to the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Bryce recently spent a week at the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch in Mackinaw City, Michigan, where he and Nick Alioto deployed eleven units on migrant Red-tailed Hawks. Nick will be conducting a movement ecology study focused on migrants in the great lakes region, and we’re excited to see what insights he gains from these taggedContinue reading “More birds added to our project thanks to the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch”

More birds join the project in the eastern Great Plains

We’ve been busy! Over the past two weeks, we’ve been putting transmitters out on the eastern Great Plains, primarily in Kansas. We added 8 new transmitters and an additional 8 birds that are marked with color bands. Take a look at the new birds! Apart from the generous contributions from the Kansas Ornithological Society andContinue reading “More birds join the project in the eastern Great Plains”

Meet Ahsoka – a light-morph harlani carrying a transmitter in Kansas

Meet Ahsoka, an after fourth-cycle harlani that wears the color band blue – 3Z! Luke added this excellent light harlani to our growing group of birds carrying transmitters. We first found this individual last year on its wintering territory just outside of Lawrence, Kansas. We checked regularly during our trapping efforts last winter to seeContinue reading “Meet Ahsoka – a light-morph harlani carrying a transmitter in Kansas”

Meet Obi-Wan – a new bird carrying a transmitter in Vermont

Meet Obi-Wan, an after second-cycle that wears the color band blue OB. Over the weekend we were able to trap and transmitter this bird in collaboration with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. We also caught and color banded a few other birds. If you live in the New England or eastern Canada, keep anContinue reading “Meet Obi-Wan – a new bird carrying a transmitter in Vermont”

Meet our two new birds – a harlani from Utah, and an abieticola from Vermont

Grogu Grogu is a fourth-cycle dark morph harlani captured in Salt Lake City, Utah on 18 December 2020. The primary molt limits on this individual indicate an after third-cycle, but we actually know the age of Grogu because the bird was caught and banded at the Salt Lake International airport in 2018, when it wasContinue reading “Meet our two new birds – a harlani from Utah, and an abieticola from Vermont”