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side in the fall, in the changing of the seasons, in the company of birds, that can open us up to feeling alive in ways the indoors can’t. Raptors have a different majesty. Broad-winged Hawks, Sharpshinned hawks, Kestrels, and Peregrine Falcons migrate to and through the Eastern Shore. Bell describes hawks forming “kettles” when they migrate, hundreds of hawks together, which can include five to ten different species moving south together, taking advantage of thermals and wind currents to help their flight. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania is a great starting point to watch hawks, but we see them come through the Shore as

Photo by Kristen Mauzy

American Kestrel well. And farther into the winter, Golden Eagles will come through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Pickering Creek had a Golden Eagle return in the winter for several years in a row recently. Good ways to keep up with what migrating birds are being seen

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