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Hawk Ridge migration going strong

Blue jays and broadwings most common so far.

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A broad-winged hawk soaring over Hawk Ridge in Duluth. So far this autumn they have been the most common raptor counted at the nature preserve, with more than 42,670 flying over on their way south. Clint Austin / 2015 file / Duluth News Tribune
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The bird counters at Hawk Ridge Nature Preserve in Duluth have been busy this season with more than 184,520 birds counted flying overhead as of Friday morning, Oct. 1.

The most common species so far? Blue jays, at more than 59,000.

But there also have been more than 60,000 hawks, including nearly 43,000 broadwings. Of those, 13,820 broadwings flew over on a single day, Sep. 21.

So far, some 180 different species of birds have been spotted at Hawk Ridge since counting started Aug. 15. The migration, and the fantastic birdwatching, will continue through October and even November for some species. Go to hawkridge.org for more information.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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