Oct 20th & 21st

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
21 October 2017
12:30pm -1:30pm

Today:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Total - 4

Other Birds:
Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet

Insects:
Monarch
Painted Lady

Hawkwatchers:
Eleanor, Paul, and Betty






Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
20 October 2017
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Today:
Northern Harrier - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 21
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 29

Other Birds:
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Flycatcher sp., Red-winged Blackbird, Ring-billed Gull, White-breasted Nuthatch, European Starling, American Goldfinch, Rock Pigeon, Northern Cardinal, and Blue Jay

Hawkwatchers:
Terry, Allison, MC, Hugh, Pat & Nancy, UofT class, Bruce and Ann Falls, and Ron

Insects:
Monarch - 20 per hour
Painted Lady

Walter

Oct 19th - Only 4 Birds.

Today's report come to you courtesy of Betty...

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
19 October 2017
11:00am - 12:30pm

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Total - 4

Insects:
Common Buckeye - 1
Monarch - 60 (30 of them were nectaring on Black & Blue Salvia in the garden!)
Painted Lady - Many!

Here's a short video that Theresa has kindly shared from the other day when there too were lots of butterflies nectaring on the Salvia...

video

Hawkwatchers:
Ron, Allison, and Betty

Weather Prediction:
Moderate SW gusting wind for Friday, increasing as the day progresses.

Walter

Oct 18th - Another 17 Raptors

Today's report is courtesy of Theresa.

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
18 October 2017
08:30am - 02:00pm

Today:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 14
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
Total - 17

Red-tailed Hawk (Theresa)

 Red-tailed Hawk (Theresa)

Other Birds:
American Crow, Cooper's Hawk (local), Merlin (local), Red-tailed Hawk (local), Turkey Vulture (local), Common Raven, Eastern Phoebe, Rusty Blackbird, Brown Creeper, Eastern Towhee, Downy Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

a local Turkey Vulture (Theresa)

an Eastern Phoebe taking flight (Theresa)

Insects:
Monarch - 166
Mourning Cloak - 1
Painted Lady - 55

a damaged Painted Lady (Theresa)

Hawkwatchers:
Theresa


Walter

Oct 17th - All 3 Falcon Species agian!

Got this report from Theresa today...

RMG Raptor Watch
17 October 2017
09:00am - 01:30pm

Today:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 8
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
American Kestrel - 2
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 17

Other birds:
Red-tailed Hawk (local), Merlin (local), and a flyover by a group of Pine Siskins.

Insects:
Monarch - 1400
Painted Lady - 100

Hawkwatchers:
Theresa, Sonja, Arvo, and Betty

Walter

Oct 16th - More Than 1400 Raptors And A Whole Lot Of Yogurt!

(Thanks to a photo that Mike took today, I have now added a Broad-winged Hawk to the count!)

If you missed it today don't say you weren't warned.  Although a little light at first, the north-west wind blew and the birds flew...lots of them!  Today, we observed 13 of the possible 15 species of raptors that we normally see each Fall at Rosetta.  The highlight of the day came at 2:40pm when Ron P called out a Golden Eagle out over the lake.  Our first 'Golden' of the season.  A few migrating Red-shouldered Hawks today were also our 'firsts' for the season.  If Turkey Vultures are your thing than Rosetta was definitely the place to be this afternoon as kettle after kettle rose up over the park!  Many groups also streamed right on through.  At times the sky was quite overcast making raptor identification quite a challenge, other times the sky was blue as blue could be making it hard to even see many of the birds, while other times the sky was just right with a perfect balance of cloud and blue sky giving most hawkwatchers a change for some spectacular views and photo opportunities.  Oh my, what a day!  Thank you everyone!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1128
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 9
Northern Harrier - 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 152
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 60
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 1402

Eagle Time (DST):
10:16am - BE
10:48am - BE
12:26pm - BE
12:28pm - BE
01:55pm - BE
02:09pm - BE
02:37pm - BE
02:40pm - GE
03:32pm - BE
03:44pm - BE

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2502
Osprey - 34
Bald Eagle - 64
Northern Harrier - 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 481
Cooper's Hawk - 30
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 60
Red-tailed Hawk - 119
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 215
Merlin - 21
Peregrine Falcon - 20
Total - 3621



the highlight of the day, a majestic Golden Eagle (Matt)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

an approaching Northern Harrier (Lee)

a Bald Eagle and a Turkey Vulture (Mike)

another shot of the same pair (Lee)

 a gorgeous adult Bald Eagle (Lee)

same bird as above (Matt)

 
an approaching Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

Love this shot! (Mike)

another great shot of a different Red-tailed Hawk (Matt)

a very lightly marked Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

I'm guessing that no one but eagle-eyed Mike saw this
bird high up.  It's a Broad-winged Hawk! (Mike)

a nice kettle of Turkey Vultures (Lee)

an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk (Lee)

a local Merlin with a fresh meal (Mike)


2 more beautifully marked Bald Eagles (Matt)

Other birds:
Blue Jays, mixed Blackbird flocks, and Robins made up the bulk of the passerine migration over the park today.  Other highlights included a group of 5 Eastern Meadowlarks and a few groups of Eastern Bluebirds and Pine Siskins.  Throughout the morning and in to early afternoon Loons were migrating south over the park and out over Lake Ontario in good numbers.  Large groups of Canada Geese and Double-crested Cormorants were also seen.  There was even a decent-sized group of Brant as well.

an extremely cropped photo showing a small section of a distant
flock of approximately 50 Brant heading out over the lake (Mike)

just one of a small group of 5 Meadowlarks that flew overhead (Mike)

Northern Flicker (Matt)

Gnats (bird food) (Matt)

Insects:
Over the course of the day there were an estimated 300 Monarch butterflies in total flying through following the Lake Ontario shoreline on their migration to the mountains of Mexico.  They just keep coming!  Several Painted Lady butterflies were also seen today.

Hawkwatchers:
Walter, Matt, Mike, Allison, Kris, Theresa, Peter, Lee, Ron P, Dave, Mark, Ruth, Gunnar, Rosemary, Berle, Bruce, Betty, Hugh, Terry, Naish, Ann, Ron, Lynn, Arvo, Diana, Blaine, Phil & kids, Vicki, and several others whom I likely forgot to write down.  After we all left the Watch by 5:00pm, Rick D was there from 5:30 - 6:20pm and got many more raptors that I've added in.  Thank you to all for a fantastic day at the park.  Your friendship and help is appreciated beyond words!

Weather Prediction:
20-30 km/h SW wind for tomorrow with gusts up to and above 50 km/h.  Should be good for Peregrine Falcons and late Osprey, if nothing else.  You just never know at Rosetta.

See you all again at the park,
Walter

PS - I almost forgot to explain the 'yogurt' thing.  While having my lunch today a little orange butterfly caught my attention.  While observing what turned out to be a Painted Lady I managed to pour the better part of my yogurt all down the front of my jacket.  It looked like an eagle had dropped a 'bomb' of poop on me!

Special Post - Monday's Forecast

If it doesn't magically change overnight, we're in for a decent day of NW wind on Monday.  A cold front is sweeping across southern Ontario which should cause many birds to get their bags packed and start heading south for the winter.

Wind will be from the north-west at roughly 20km/h and gusting to roughly 35km/h all day.

Walter
 

Oct 13th - A Lone Cooper's Hawk

Thanks to Allison we have a count for today.....it's 1, a lone Cooper's Hawk!

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1374
Osprey - 33
Bald Eagle - 55
Northern Harrier - 56
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 329
Cooper's Hawk - 26
Broad-winged Hawk - 59
Red-tailed Hawk - 59
American Kestrel - 191
Merlin - 20
Peregrine Falcon - 17
Total - 2219

Walter

Oct 11th - More Vultures!

Ann reported seeing 52 Turkey Vultures fly over Rosetta at 1:30pm today.  At her home she had 44 at 7:15am!  That's pretty early for Vultures.

Walter

Special Post - An Article About The Watch

Here is a link to an interesting article about our Raptor Watch by Mike Adler of MetrolandMedia.  Thankfully Mike was at the Watch on a good day when there actually were lots of hawks and butterflies migrating.

Rosetta Mcclain Gardens is route for raptors and butterflies each fall

Walter

Oct 10th - 466 Birds!

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto
10 October 2017
09:00am - 04:00pm

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 421
Bald Eagle - 4
Northern Harrier - 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 13
Red-tailed Hawk - 10
American Kestrel - 8
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 466

Eagle Time (DST):
11:20am - BE
01:20pm - BE x3

Other Birds:
Grey-cheeked Thrush, Hermit Thrush, House Wren, Winter Wren, Nashville Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrow, Common Loon, Downy Woodpecker, Canada Goose, Brown Creeper, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Cardinal, Great Black-backed Gull, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, and Ring-billed Gull

Insects:
Monarch - 7500+
Painted Lady - a bunch
Common Buckeye
Sulphur sp.

Hawkwatchers:
Theresa, Mark, Ann, Betty, Sheldon, Eleanor, Pat & Nancy, Arvo, Berle, Hugh, Dianne, Joyce, Rosemary, Dave, Margaret, and others.  Mike and Justin also on hand from the Metro Land papers - watch for their story this Thursday!

Notice:
The bathrooms will close at 3:00pm Monday to Friday as of Oct 10th.  The bathrooms will not be opened on the weekends as Oct 10th.


Further reading...


Because I looked up in the air to watch a Monarch float overhead across the backyard, the following happened...

Butchered Gardens Hawk Watch, Toronto
10 October 2017
12:00pm - 02:00pm

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 177
Osprey - 2
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 4
Merlin - 2
Total - 191

Other Birds:
Nashville Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow, Brown Creeper, Common Loon, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, American Goldfinch, American Crow, Ring-billed Gull, Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Black-capped Chickadee, Rock Pigeon, and American Robin

Insects:
Cabbage White - 2
Monarch - 97
Painted Lady - 6

Dragonfly sp. - 1000+

Hawkwatchers:
Walter


See you again soon,
Walter

Oct 8th & 9th - 75 Raptors

RMG Raptor Watch, Toronto
08 October 2017
01:30 - 03:30pm

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 18

Other Birds:
Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, unID'd Wren sp., American Goldfinch, and Golden-crowned Kinglet

Insects:
Monarch - 800-1000
Dragonfly sp. - many!

Hawkwatchers:
Betty, Bruce F



RMG Raptor Watch, Toronto
09 October 2017
11:00 - 04:30pm

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 47
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 3
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 57

Other Birds:
Canada Goose, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Woodpecker sp., Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Nashville Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Blackbird sp., American Goldfinch, and House Sparrow

Hawkwatchers:
Theresa, Sonja, Justin, Blaine, Rick & Claire, and Leslie & Mike



To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 901
Osprey - 33
Bald Eagle - 51
Northern Harrier - 48
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 316
Cooper's Hawk - 25
Broad-winged Hawk - 59
Red-tailed Hawk - 49
American Kestrel - 183
Merlin - 20
Peregrine Falcon - 15
Total - 1700

Weather Prediction:
Moderate W wind in the morning switching to NW by 1:00pm.  Good luck if you go.

Walter

Oct 6th - 2 Kestrels

Lee got word that there were 2 Kestrels seen early this morning heading west over the park.

Walter