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Members of the Roanoke Valley Bird Club count raptors as they soar over the ridges along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Members of the Roanoke Valley Bird Club count raptors as they soar over the ridges along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A whole lot of raptors . . .

Members of the Roanoke Valley Bird Club have been counting migrating raptors for several weeks at Harvey’s Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway and on a recent Wednesday tallied a season high daily total of 8,449.

The vast majority are Broad Winged Hawks travelling in “kettles” riding the updrafts generated by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Others include Sharp-shinned Hawks, Ospreys and Bald Eagles.

These raptors are making there annual migration south originating in Canada and the Great Lakes region with final destinations in Central and South America.

Information and Photo by Paul Calvert