It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Fall Migration

by Bryce W. Robinson

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Adult Northern Goshawk- Accipiter gentilis

I’ve landed myself in Boise, Idaho where I’ll be starting graduate school. I wanted to share a photo from last year at the Goshutes, as a reminder that fall migration is beginning. I’ve already spent a few days at Lucky Peak in the trapping blind, and helping with passerine banding. I plan to spend as much time as I can up there this fall, but it is likely that I won’t be able to watch much of the migration. The idea that I won’t be counting raptors at the Goshutes migration sight in eastern Nevada has been very difficult for me to swallow. Especially when my girlfriend is up there trapping and giving me daily updates about the flights. Lucky Peak will help, but it just isn’t the same. I hope all bird people are able to spend loads of time this fall experiencing this phenomenon at their favorite spots. It truly is one of the greatest wonders in life, happening all around us. Lets all pay homage by acknowledging the mass fall movement of the avian world.