John Richardson

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This week we are joined by John Richardson, Count Interpreter for the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.  Hawk Ridge is gearing up for another season, and John reports that activity began picking up last week.  Many great birds have already been spotted, including common nighthawks, bald eagles, and broad-winged hawks.  Also they were delighted a few days ago to spot a black vulture!

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The Hawk Ridge Spring Migration Count has begun ... just don't look for it at Hawk Ridge.

Oh, and Larry Weber isn't where you expect him, either.

He's off to an Undisclosed Location, and we're delighted to welcome John Richardson, the count interpreter, as our Special Guest Star this morning.

Information about where counters may be working, upcoming events and more can be found at the Hawk Ridge Facebook page or on their website.

©John P. Richardson

If it doesn't rain tomorrow, the forecasted northwesterly winds could mean good bird-watching at Hawk Ridge.

The trick, says Count Director John Richardson, is to get there during the "golden hour/s," usually between 8:00 and 10:00am.

©John P. Richardson

The northwest winds we'll contend with today will be a nuisance everywhere but Hawk Ridge, where they'll drive migrating birds of prey right down into the waiting binoculars of the hawk counters.

Count Director and special guest star John Richardson joins us this morning to tell us more.

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Maybe it's not as warm as Hawk Ridge in September.

But Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Count Interpreter John Richardson says it's a lot more exciting.

The counters are headquartered at Enger Tower for spring migration, and even if a piece of West Skyline Parkway is closed and you have to park and walk in,  Richardson says there are a lot of species to be seen.