After spending a week camping in the sun, hail, and rain, I thought it’d be fun to get a list together of what I brought to the Goshute Mountains for Hawkwatch (and a little of what I wish I’d brought)
My Hawkwatching Essentials:
And if you happen to be staying in the field longer:
Migration isn’t over yet, so there’s still time to get out there and see some raptors. There’s probably even a site near you, so you don’t have to go as far as I did. Or you can just go outside and look up!
I just spent a week in the Goshute Mountains of Nevada helping Hawkwatch band and count migrating raptors. It was beyond amazing - one of the days we banded 80+ hawks and falcons, and counted 2200+ raptors. It was mostly Coopers and Sharp-shinned Hawks, but Prairie Falcons, Peregrines, Kestrels, Goshawks, Red Tails, Broadwings, Swainsons Hawks, Merlins, and Golden Eagles also made appearances. There was even a wayward Mississippi Kite spotted!
The Goshutes are a special site because of the way the wind and mountains come together to give lift and speed to birds on their migration - they hardly even have to flap, and birds will come from all around to take advantage of the free ride, making it a great place to count raptors. The unceasing bird parade made the 2+ mile hike to 9000ft more than worth it. I would go back in a second.