October 5th - Overcast Day With Little Movement

There was an ENE element to the wind this morning which gave us hope but that was quickly dashed when the wind started blowing in from out over the lake.  Most birds that we saw were flying fairly high up and were nothing more than silhouettes.  The three Falcon species were quite tough to ID today without photos.  My thanks to Mike Dizonno for snapping shots of them as they flew by.  One nice highlight was seeing 3 Northern Harriers flying along together across the sky.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Osprey - 2
Northern Harrier - 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 5
Merlin - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 20

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 668
Osprey - 112
Bald Eagle - 93
Northern Harrier - 77
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1239
Cooper's Hawk - 26
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 67
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 454
Merlin - 37
Peregrine Falcon - 25
Total - 2937

These photos were taken by Mike Dizonno...

Osprey

Northern Harriers

Cooper's Hawk

Turkey Vulture

American Kestrel

This morning we witnessed several small flocks of Mergansers flying down from the north as well as 5 more Loons.  A big surprise today especially with the lousy overcast conditions was the Monarch migration.  Another 44 'Butterhawks' were counted.

Movers and shakers today included, Lorne, Bob, Mike 3, Manny, Carol, Bruce, Peter, John, and Sheldon.  Thanks for all your help, not an easy day.

Walter

October 4th - Rain Day

I didn't make it down to the Watch today due to the rain showers.  If anyone did go and saw any birds please let me know.

Walter

October 3rd - 5 Birds, 5 Species

We had some great cloud cover up high today but few birds were flying.  The Kestrel that was seen flapped it's way across our viewing area making me think that it was a shorebird.  With low wind, the bird was definitely working to get where it was going.

Today:
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 5

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 667
Osprey - 110
Bald Eagle - 93
Northern Harrier - 72
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1237
Cooper's Hawk - 24
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 67
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 449
Merlin - 35
Peregrine Falcon - 24
Total - 2917

There were another 39 Monarch counted today.

Ron, Carol, Arvo, and Berle were at the park enjoying the day.

Rain is on the way for the next few days.

Walter

October 2nd - Another 147 Birds!

Not the best conditions once again today but the birds came by at a fairly steady pace which kept the spotters busy.  A real nice highlight was when Ann, who was walking around looking for songbirds, stumbled upon a young Peregrine Falcon feeding on a Pigeon up in a tree in a neighbouring yard.  We quickly determined that the bird was a migrating northern bird.  The lack of any bands on the legs was a good clue that it wasn't a 'local'.  In the photo below you'll see that the Pigeon that the Peregrine is feeding on has got a red leg band.  It's likely a 'racing' bird.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 90
Osprey - 2
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 25
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
American Kestrel - 17
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 147

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 667
Osprey - 110
Bald Eagle - 93
Northern Harrier - 71
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1236
Cooper's Hawk - 23
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 67
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 448
Merlin - 35
Peregrine Falcon - 23
Total - 2912

Eagle Time (EDT):
12:19 PM - BE immature (non-adult)
12:38 PM - BE immature (non-adult)

Here are a few of Ann's photos from today...

Red-tailed Hawk
 
A very successful young Peregrine Falcon
 
We counted 1 Loon flying overhead as well as another 93 Monarchs (Butterhawks).

Kris, Bill, Betty, Arvo, Terry, Manny, Ann, Cori, Berle, Peter, Carol, and a few others did another fabulous job finding birds up in the blue.  Thanks!




Note: The section entitled Current Count which appeared in the left-hand column of the blog has been removed as it had stopped updating for some reason.

Walter

October 1st - 33 Birds!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 13
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 3
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 33

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 577
Osprey - 108
Bald Eagle - 91
Northern Harrier - 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1211
Cooper's Hawk - 21
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 63
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 431
Merlin - 34
Peregrine Falcon - 20
Total - 2765

A few nice shots from Ann's camera...

Sharp-shinned Hawks

Red-tailed Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

There was another sighting of a Red-headed Woodpecker and also today we had a female Fiery Skipper (butterfly) in the main garden.  This is butterfly species number 24 for the fall at Rosetta.  We tallied up 67 migrating Monarchs as well.

Fiery Skipper

Scanning the sky
 
And one from me...
 
Zoomies Man

Mike, Pat & Nancy, Kris, Betty, Manny, Cori, Arvo, Ann, Peter, and Terry were by for some of today's fly-overs.

There is WNW and W winds in tomorrow's forecast from 15-20 km/h.

Walter

September 29th - One Peregrine!

Just one Peregrine Falcon in five hours of searching.

Walter