At present the weekend weather is looking good for whatever raptors are still left. Saturday I'll likely play it hour by hour as there may be rain or snow mid-day but Sunday I'll be at the Watch as long as I can stand the -18C wind! That temperature is from wunderground.com. Hope to see you at the park as there are not many days left.
With good NW wind blowing all day today it was only a matter of time before our 50,000th raptor of all-time flew overhead. At 1:40 PM this afternoon it happened as a beautiful adult Red-tailed Hawk appeared in the sky above us. I found it to be really fitting as the Red-tailed Hawk is what the area is known to be the home of. Local 'Tails' have always put on spectacular displays at the Watch over the years, as everyone knows.
My thanks to everyone involved over the years and especially to our friend Frank. As I had mentioned about a month ago in the blog, Frank spoke with great passion and excitement knowing that this unimagined figure was in sight. What a milestone for his little hawk watch in the park he affectionately called his backyard!
At the end of the day as I was putting everything in to my backpack I looked up just in time to see a young Peregrine Falcon fly by just out over the bluffs! Nice way to cap-off the day! Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 10
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 46
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 74
Eagle Time (EST):
11:11 AM - BE immature (non-adult)
Here are some photos from the day courtesy of Ann...
A young Bald Eagle high up
An adult Red-shouldered Hawk
A young Sharp-shinned Hawk
Another adult Red-shouldered Hawk
A dark Red-tailed Hawk
An adult Sharp-shinned Hawk
Other sightings today included; 4 Loons flying south, a few small flocks of Snow Buntings heading westward as well as a small flock of Eastern Bluebirds, an American Tree Sparrow and 3 Tundra Swans out over the lake. My thanks to Terry for getting his scope on the swans for identification.
Taking part in today's excitement were; Kris, Ron, Theresa, Ann, Peter, Hugh, Carol, Terry, Tim, Bruce, Berle, Jim & Petra, Phil, and Bill. My apologies if I missed writing anyone's name down today as it was a strange day for me personally - was lacking lots of sleep! I'm okay now though as you can probably guess by this late post! Thankyou Marion for the coffee! I'd like to thank everyone for another fun-filled day at the park. And again, Happy Birthday Ann. We couldn't have celebrated your birthday on a better day! Birthday muffins were provided by Theresa.
Terry was in it for the long haul today! Thank goodness number
50,000 came this afternoon or Terry might have stayed the night!