Goschute Mountains, NV , Pisgah Peak, Hawk Watch Migration Site

BobFink

Member
.
Joined
Sep 10, 2021
Messages
25
Goschute Mountains, NV , Pisgah Peak, Hawk Watch Migration Site

The Goschute Mountain location for Hawk Watch International is located on Pisgah Peak in the Goshute Range of Nevada, just south orf Wendover. It is about a 3 hour drive from Salt Lake City. Hawk Watch is a non-profit located in Salt Lake City. HWI’s mission is to conserve the environment through education, long term monitoring and scientific research on raptors as indicators of eecosystem health.

The site is operated from early August through the begining of November. A five team crew count species that travel along this ridge top raptor migration route. During the fall 2023 migration, over 18,000 raptors were counted at this site and over 600 raptors were banded. The site is at 9,000 ft on a sky island in the Nevada. The Ruby Mountains were visible to the west and the Bonneville Speedway, salt flats and Wendover could be seen to the north-east.

I was fortunate to be one of the team members that year. As a retired engineer, I was the only non-wildlife professional on staff. I have been volunteering as an Education Docent for Hawk Watch, which involves using our permitted raptors who cannot be returned to the wild to provide raptor education and exposure for the public and schools. I also. I also spent considerable time the previous year at the Commissary Ridge Migration Site north of Kemmerrer, WY.

I lived 3 months in a tent and was able to observe the local wildlife community in greater depth than I am able to when backpacking. There were local Kestrel & Peregrine Falcons, Coopers & Red Tail Hawks and a Saw Whet Owl. Elk and mule deer would wonder through the meadow where I camped. The meadow was quite spectacular as it does not get impacted by a domestic animal grazing. Wild horses and an occasional antelope could be seen on the flats below our peak.

I am adding this trip report as this site is a great weekend backpack to experience a sky island and a raptor migration site, It has the greatest number of birds for any site in the Western US. Additional information can be found on the Hawk Watch Website. Mid to late September is a great time as this is peak time for many species.


Following are photos from the observation area where we have a team counting birds each day and photos of a few of the birds that were banded or local to the area.IMG_5016.jpeg
Above is a merlin that was banded at site and is about to be released.
Below is a view east from the observation point, the salt flats are visible and Wendover is out of site to the left.
IMG_4615.jpeg
View SE from camp.
IMG_4616.jpegIMG_4702.jpegIMG_4754.jpegIMG_4785.jpeg71513941515__6D055BAE-52AF-4F37-A57A-4610AF4E2A42.jpegIMG_4832.jpeg
View north from a vantage south of Pisgah Peak. Pisgah Peak is the high point.
IMG_4976.jpeg
A close up of a Norther Goshwak.
IMG_4993.jpeg
A juvenile sharp shinned hawk about to be released after banding.
f9a8d342-0c5e-492f-a956-71cf1cbc24fc.jpeg
An adult Red Tail Hawk about be released.
IMG_5131.jpeg
Above is a Coopers Hawk outfitted with a radio transmitter that allow its location to be tracked.
be54fe58-01c6-4053-9e3e-30dd2ce06c78.jpeg
Above is the Hawk Watch Migration Team at Goshute.
IMG_5286.jpeg


n



Here I am releasing an adult Red Tail Hawk.
 

Attachments

  • IMG_4689.jpeg
    IMG_4689.jpeg
    385.3 KB · Views: 1
  • IMG_4688.jpeg
    IMG_4688.jpeg
    426.9 KB · Views: 7
Last edited:
Nice... Done a lot of deer and elk hunting out there and in the deep creeks
 
That looks like a beautiful area and beautiful birds. That sounds like an interesting experience, thanks for sharing
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Bob Sawtooth Mountains ........... Get ready for summer Backpacking 2
westy San Juan mountains, Colorado Hiking & Camping 8
M Backpacking 50 miles in the Uinta Mountains for 5 days with ~50 pound pack Backpacking 4
kansas good place to watch sunrise in the La Sal mountains Trip Planning 0
NorthwestWanderer First time in the High Uintas | Red Castle SNEAK Loop | I give these mountains 5 out of 5 stars Backpacking 7
westy Wallowa Mountains, Oregon Trip Planning 3
John Goering Pioneer Mountains, Montana <50" UTV trip Off Road 3
Kerrie at Thru We Go Packraft Trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains Trip Reports 3
John Goering Boulder Lakes, Tobacco Root Mountains Off Road 0
John Goering Tobacco Root Mountains South Meadow Creek Off Road 1
C Utah Mountains in Late May Trip Planning 12
S Mentasta Mountains, Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve- family backpack Backpacking 1
Noun Sequitur Magdalena Mountains, Mesa Trail Loop Hiking & Camping 3
Mountain Wanderer Four Lakes Basin in the Southern Cabinet Mountains - Montana Backpacking 12
Artemus Wind River Mountains Conditions 2021 Trip Planning 17
J Death Valley NP Black Mountains and beyond Hiking Dec 19-20, 2020 Hiking & Camping 1
scatman Grassy Benchmark - Grassy Mountains - April 24, 2021 Hiking & Camping 18
scatman Peak 6551 - Lakeside Mountains - April 17, 2021 Hiking & Camping 7
norwegianxplorer In the shadow of the Henry Mountains, Utah Backpacking 2
Mountain Wanderer Cedar Lakes Loop in Montana's Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Backpacking 4
Janice Porcupine Mountains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula - August 2-7 Backpacking 15
balzaccom Ruby Mountains, Nevada Hiking & Camping 2
fossana 2fer in the Tushars (Tushar Mountains, UT) Hiking & Camping 4
TeamJenkins17 Bighorn Mountains Trip Planning 2
T Grizzly bears in Wind River Mountains Noobs: Introduce yourself! 12
fossana Bat Mountain traverse (Funeral Mountains) Hiking & Camping 5
westy Meadow Valley Mountains Backpacking 7
westy Meadow Valley Mountains Hiking & Camping 2
scatman Tabby's Peak, Cedar Mountains - November 19, 2019 Hiking & Camping 10
westy Delamar Mountains. Again. Hiking & Camping 0
westy Delamar Mountains Hiking & Camping 4
Artemus Wind River Mountains Snowpack 2019/2020 Trip Planning 12
fossana Delano Peak the even longer way (Tushar Mountains, UT) Hiking & Camping 14
fossana Ruby Crest Trail (Ruby Mountains Wilderness) Backpacking 7
fossana Browns Point > Summit > Whipple loop (Pine Valley Mountains Wilderness, UT) Hiking & Camping 1
misSOULa Montana's Bitterroot Mountains: Big Creek Lakes and Ranger Point Backpacking 2
fossana Delano Peak the long way (Tushar Mountains, UT) Hiking & Camping 14
Parma Idaho's White Cloud Mountains - Boulder Chain Lakes - Chamberlain Basin Backpacking 8
N Wallowa Mountains and Seven Devils wilderness September Trip Planning 3
westy Clover Mountains Hiking & Camping 1
fossana Moapa Peak (Mormon Mountains Wilderness, NV) Hiking & Camping 5
MikeM Ski Mountaineering the Highland Mountains, MT Winter Sports 3
westy Tushar Mountains Trip Planning 2
westy El Dorado Mountains Hiking & Camping 11
fossana Bear Canyon/Sabino Canyon Loop (Santa Catalina Mountains, AZ) Hiking & Camping 3
John Goering Albro Lake, Tobacco root Mountains Off Road 1
misSOULa Montana's Bitterroot Mountains: Gem lake and Trapper Peak Backpacking 1
Bob Wind River Mountains Trip Planning 2
Titans Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris trail - Tucson Mountains - SAGUARO NP (WEST) Hiking & Camping 0
MikeM El Capitan, Bitterroot Mountains, MT 08.19.2018 Hiking & Camping 11

Similar threads

Back
Top