Nature Matters: Raptor migration in full swing at Hawk Ridge

By KBJR News 1

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
This two year old male sharp shinned hawk is taking his captivity relatively well.
He's on display at Hawk Ridge in Duluth to educate people about raptors.
This is the time of year when people and birds flock to the ridge for the annual birds of prey southerly migration.
Ian Hunter of Saint Paul has watched birds from Alaska to Texas.

"During the migration, hawk ridge is great compared to those places!" said Hunter.

Bird experts like outdoors author Michael Furtman feel this week will be the peak for bird watchers.
The late spring that delayed the fishing opener is now a late autumn that is delaying bird departures.

"I expect with this week and the nice weather and if we have westerly winds and northerly winds it should be real good raptor viewing." said Furtman.

A partly cloudy sky and a westerly wind made Monday a great day for that viewing.

"A number of red tail hawks and goshawks and bald eagle and even a golden eagle." said Hunter.

The Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is always busy in the fall assisting bird watchers and showing them the banded raptors that will aid research.

"After what must have seemed an eternity to the bird, the sharp shinned hawk was set free." said reporter Dave Anderson near Hawk Ridge.

Free to continue its journey south. In Duluth for Nature Matters, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory staffers are on duty every day from nine a.m. to four p.m. to answer questions from birders.
They'll do that until October 31st.