Yearly Count Charts


Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vultures are expanding their range northwards, and that is why we’re seeing more and more every year.


Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle numbers continue to increase, but are not as high yet as they were 100 years ago.


The recent recovery of the Osprey is not readily apparent in DHBO’s numbers.


Northern Harrier

The Northern Harrier count has been fairly stable over the last ten years.


Sharp-shinned Hawk

A decrease of Sharp-shinned Hawk numbers has been observed at many northeastern hawk watches.


Northern Goshawk

The Northern Goshawk is an irruptive species whose southward movements are closely tied with prey availability. Goshawk migratory peaks reflect lows in the population cycles of its chief prey, the Snowshoe Hare and the Ruffed Grouse.


Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk and Red-shouldered Hawk all migrate around the same time of year – second half of March. The mid-nineties spike in all three species may be related to favorable March weather.


Broad-winged Hawk

The number of Broad-winged Hawks per season depends on favorable winds in the second half of April.


Red-tailed Hawk

A spectacular Red-tailed Hawk flight was recorded in the mid 90s. Since then, numbers have been around the 5,000 mark.


Golden Eagle

The number of Golden Eagles recorded each season at Derby has increased over the years.


Rough-legged Hawk

To some extent the Rough-legged Hawk is an irruptive species whose numbers vary over the years. A cyclical pattern emerges that is probably related to prey species abundance.

Red-shouldered Hawk
The Red-shouldered Hawk count has shown a very gradual decrease over the years.


American Kestrel

The American Kestrel is declining in the northeast. The 2010 count was the lowest on record, but numbers have rebounded somewhat. It is too early to speak of a trend reversal.



Overall, Merlin numbers are higher now than they were in the 1980s and early 90s.


Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon has made a healthy comeback after near-extinction in the early 1970s. Numbers at Derby Hill fluctuate because this species is not funneled along the lakeshore as much as the other species.

Looking at all species, we see a gradual decline in numbers. Bulk species such as Broad-winged Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk are responsible for this decline, which is somewhat mitigated by a rise in numbers for Turkey Vulture