Nov 17th - We've Done It!

If anyone thought that we would count just over 4200 raptors this season, well we've done it!  We're now at 4202 with thirteen days to go.  Where are all those Red-tails?!?!

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
17 November 2017
09:30am - 01:30pm

Raptors:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
Unidentified Raptor - 1
Total - 6

a juvenile Northern Harrier (Mike)

an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2678
Osprey - 34
Bald Eagle - 73
Northern Harrier - 101
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 625
Cooper's Hawk - 38
Northern Goshawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 22
Broad-winged Hawk - 60
Red-tailed Hawk - 246
Rough-legged Hawk - 4
Golden Eagle - 7
American Kestrel - 223
Merlin - 31
Peregrine Falcon - 30
Unidentified Accipiter - 2
Unidentified Buteo - 13
Unidentified Falcon - 5
Unidentified Eagle - 0
Unidentified Raptor - 8
Total - 4202

Other Birds:
Common Loon, Brown Creeper, and Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hawkwatchers:
Theresa, Sonja, Allison, Jack A., Ron, Mike, Pat & Nancy, and Dave

Weather Prediction:
Rain for Saturday and maybe a little bit on Sunday.  The wind for Sunday at present is looking perfect.  Hopefully a few birds will fly our way.

Walter

Nov 13th - One Raptor!

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
13 November 2017
09:30am - 11:30am (Theresa)

Theresa saw a Northern Goshawk this morning around 9:40am.

Other highlights included American Pipit, Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Carolina Wren.

Carolina Wren (Ella)

The group today included Theresa, Ella, and Dave

Thursday is looking good at the moment.

Walter

Nov 10th - 56 Raptors, 3 Goldens, 1 Goshawk!!!

Brrrr!!!  Holy crap was it cold at the park today!!!  We did it tho, we hung in there til 4:30pm...at least the crazy ones did!  I paid for it tonight tho, when I got home I had a hot bowl of soup and a Tennessee coffee and then went off to la-la land for the next 5 and half hours!  I'm ready to do it all over again now - lol!  Thank you everyone for coming out and enjoying the weather and the birds today.  As I predicted, it was a 'fantastic' day!

Frozetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
10 November 2017
07:30am - 04:30pm

Raptors:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Northern Harrier - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 7
Red-tailed Hawk - 36
Golden Eagle - 3
Total - 56

Eagle Time (EST):
09:56am - GE (juv.)
11:40am - GE x2 (ad., juv.)

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2677
Osprey - 34
Bald Eagle - 73
Northern Harrier - 100
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 624
Cooper's Hawk - 38
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 22
Broad-winged Hawk - 60
Red-tailed Hawk - 244
Rough-legged Hawk - 4
Golden Eagle - 7
American Kestrel - 223
Merlin - 31
Peregrine Falcon - 30
Unidentified Accipiter - 2
Unidentified Buteo - 13
Unidentified Falcon - 5
Unidentified Eagle - 0
Unidentified Raptor - 7
Total - 4195

Oh my, this is a beauty! (Mike)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike)

a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

a lightly marked Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

The moment everyone warmed up!  Two
Golden Eagles at once! (Mike)

same pair of GEs (Matt) 


 a gorgeous adult Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike)

Another 'Grey Ghost' (adult male Northern Harrier) passing low and fast! (Mike)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Matt)

Other Birds:
Common Loon (27), Rusty Blackbird (300+), American Pipit, Eastern Bluebird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, Trumpeter Swan, and Great Blue Heron were some of the highlights.

just one of likely 100 American Crows that flew over today (Paul)

Mallards flying overhead (Matt)

Hawkwatchers:
Kris, Nolan, Owen, Noam, Paul, Allison, Matt, Trudy, Dave, Mike, Ron, Betty, Manny, Jean, Blaine, Lynn, Liz, Carole, Brian, and a few others who braved the cold.  Thank you everyone for your 'warm' friendship and help spotting, identifying, and photographing the birds.

Nolan brought the ultimate in winter birding accessories! (Walter)

Weather Prediction:
At the time of writing, Tuesday is looking like our next decent day.

Walter

Forecast for Friday...

Tomorrow is looking fantastic for raptor migration, hopefully the birds that are left think the same.  Excellent N and NW wind all day!  See you at the fence!

Walter

Nov 7th - 8 Raptors, 1 Eagle

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
08 November 2017
07:30am - 09:10am - Allison
10:00am - 01:00pm - Peter, Hugh, Dave

Today:
Bald Eagle - 1 (11:20am, Juv)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
Total - 8

Walter

Nov 6th - 55 Raptors, 1 Eagle

Maybe not quite the day everyone was hoping for but maybe the day it was suppose to be, given the fact we're now in to November.  Having said that, I'm not sure where all the Red-tailed Hawks and Northern Goshawks are!!!  A juvenile Bald Eagle late in the day flew by real close and then did a circle right beside us over the bluffs no higher than tree-top level - it was amazing!!!

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
06 November 2017
08:00am - 04:30pm

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 10
Red-shouldered Hawk - 5
Red-tailed Hawk - 25
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Unidentified Raptor - 2
Total - 55

Eagle Time (EST):
03:42pm - BE (juv.)




Well worth the wait today, a juvenile Bald Eagle passing
and circling very close to us (Matt)

The next 9 photos are all of Red-shouldered Hawks...

(Mike)

(Matt)

(Ann)

(Mike)

(Mike)

(Mike)

(Ann)

(Matt)

(Ann)

a local Cooper's Hawk (Mike)

a juvenile Turkey Vulture in molt (Mike)
Notice the new feathers growing-in on the wingtips

a 'Grey Ghost' male Northern Harrier (Mike)

a nice capture of the upper 'grey' side of the wing (Matt)

Red-tailed Hawk (Matt)

a lightly marked Red-tailed Hawk (Matt)

Red-tailed Hawk (Ann)

a juvenile Peregrine Falcon (Mike)

Other Birds:
Common Loon (6), Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Robin, Blue Jay, Pine Siskin, Long-tailed Duck, European Starling, Rock Pigeon, Cedar Waxwing, American Goldfinch, Eastern Bluebird (43), Canada Goose, Cackling Goose, Rusty Blackbird, Merlin (local), Cooper's Hawk (local), Red-tailed Hawk (local), Ring-billed Gull, American Crow (53), Dark-eyed Junco, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-capped Chickadee, and a possible Red-throated Loon.

Pine Siskins (Mike)

Eastern Bluebirds (Ann)

Canada Geese (Matt)

Fleecy Owl (Matt)

Insects:
Monarch - 2

Hawkwatchers:
Theresa, Nolan, Walter, Allison, Ann, Margaret, Matt, Ron, Berle, Dianne, Manny, Peter, Dave, Betty, Pat and Nancy, Mike, Lee, Hugh, Bruce Falls and Kathryn, Carole and Brian, and several others!  Sorry we missed your names.

Just some of today's watchers (Ann)

So many leaves yet to fall (Ann)

The colours were gorgeous! (Ann)

Weather Prediction:
At the time of writing the Weather Network is calling for light winds tomorrow from all points on the dial except east.  A 'pick your direction' kinda day!  I'll check again in the morning for a more promising wind forecast before deciding whether or not I'll be at the park.

Walter

A Rosetta Tagged Monarch has been Found in Mexico

First '2017' tagged Monarch found and photographed in Mexico!

A Monarch butterfly that was caught, analysed, and then released by Terry and Betty at Rosetta McClain Gardens back on September 2nd, 2017 has been found and photographed in a natural protected area of the San Agustinos Sierra, in the Guanajuato municipality of Acambaro, Mexico.  The city of Acambaro is roughly 85kms northwest of the large Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.


Photographing this butterfly was like 'winning the lottery' for one of the areas most acitve Monarch butterfly monitors.  Read the story in the Mexico News Daily here.

The long distance traveller, known as XAL289, is a female.  She was caught by Betty and analysed and released by Terry.  Terry mentioned that this butterfly was rated a 4 out of 5 on his 'condition' scale, so she was in 'good' health when released.  Her weight was .55g, which was also very good.

(Gilberto Ruiz Parra)

All data regarding this Monarch and all of the others captured this season were directly entered in to an application known as Dunkadoo.  Dunkadoo is a tool to help scientists and citizen scientists alike collect data in the field and have it stored and displayed instantaneously over the internet for all to see. 

XAL289 was found and photographed (in the dark!) on November 2nd, 2017 by Gilberto Ruiz Parra.  Carol Goodman (Co-founder of 'Dunkadoo') surmised that this butterfly likely averaged about 70kms each day along it's journey south.

A straight-line path using Google Earth from Rosetta McClain Gardens, Toronto, Canada to the city of Acambaro, Mexico is roughly 3500kms.  This little butterfly would've flown much farther than that to get around the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, and any other obstacles along the way.  It also would've been pushed off course somewhat by any strong winds.

Absolutely fantastic!  Congratulations Terry and Betty.

Walter

Nov 3rd - 85 Raptors, 6 Eagles! (updated)

- One of our Sharp-shinned Hawks turned out to be a Cooper's Hawk.  Thank you Ron!

- Another eagle was added to our overall count for today.  It was seen and photographed by Tim R at 4:48pm after Matt and I left.  Thank you Tim!


Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
3 November 2017
8:30am - 5:00pm

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 5
Bald Eagle - 4
Northern Harrier - 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 32
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Red-tailed Hawk - 22
Golden Eagle - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Unidentified Accipiter - 1
Unidentified Buteo - 2
Total - 85

Eagle Time (DST):
12:28pm - BE juv.
02:03pm - BE juv.
03:14pm - GE ad.
04:28pm - GE juv.
04:34pm - BE juv.
04:48pm - BE juv.

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2672
Osprey - 34
Bald Eagle - 70
Northern Harrier - 88
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 611
Cooper's Hawk - 37
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 9
Broad-winged Hawk - 60
Red-tailed Hawk - 179
Rough-legged Hawk - 3
Golden Eagle - 4
American Kestrel - 223
Merlin - 31
Peregrine Falcon - 29
Unidentified Accipiter - 2
Unidentified Buteo - 13
Unidentified Falcon - 5
Unidentified Eagle - 0
Unidentified Raptor - 5
Total - 4075

a juvenile Cooper's Hawk (Mike)

a curious adult 'Sharpie' (Mike)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

a young Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

another beautiful shot of same (Mike)

Northern Harrier (Mike)

a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike)

another lovely 'Shoulder' (Mike)

Turkey Vulture (Matt)

our local Red-tailed Hawk enjoying the view (Matt)

our '12:30' Bald Eagle (Matt)

 this beauty flew over at 2:03pm (Matt)

at 3:14pm this adult Golden Eagle flew overhead (Matt)

this beautiful young 'Golden' was spotted by new hawk watcher
Ella at 4:28pm as Matt and I were packing up (Matt)

this juvenile 'Baldie' was spotted by Tim at 4:34pm (Matt)
He also spotted another young BE along the same flight path
out over the lake at 4:48pm.

Other Birds:
Common Loon (18), American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Cedar Waxwing, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Black-capped Chickadee, White-throated Sparrow, Blue Jay, Eastern Bluebird (62), Double-crested Cormorant, American Crow (42), American Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Siskin (33), House Finch, Winter Wren, Carolina Wren, Palm Warbler, House Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Fox Sparrow, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Greater Yellowlegs, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a pair of high-flying white geese that after photographic review and much debate by several expert birders will be recorded as Ross's/Ross's x Snow Goose hybrid (Chen sp.)  Because of their height in the sky, photographs were just a little too grainy to make a 100% positive identification.  Pure Snow Goose was ruled based on overall jizz, neck length, and head size.

Chen sp. - Ross's/Ross's x Snow Goose hybrid (Mike)

Chen sp. - Ross's/Ross's x Snow Goose hybrid (Matt)

Insects:
Butterflies:
Cabbage White - 3
Monarch - 12
Painted Lady - 2
Red Admiral - 1
also a pos. Common Buckeye sighting.

Dragonflies:
Green Darner - 3

Hawkwatchers:
Theresa, Noam, Kris, Nolan, Matt, Owen, Allison, Hugh, Ron, Lee, Sheldon, Eleanor, Manny, Mike, Carole, Brian, Norm, Walter, Arvo, Peter, Murray, Betty, Berle, Ruth, Rosemary, Bruce, Bruce and Ann Falls, Ella, and Tim.  Sorry if we've missed anyone.  Thank you everyone for another grand day of raptor watching at Rosetta.  Your help and friendship is very much appreciated.

Weather Prediction:
At the time of writing, Saturday is looking to have E wind all day.

See you again soon,
Walter