Sep 5th - Just the Numbers

Today:
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 18
Cooper's Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 3
Total - 25

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 23
Bald Eagle - 12
Northern Harrier - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 25
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 8
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 25
Merlin - 14
Peregrine Falcon - 4
Total - 128

Eagle Time (DST):
1:18pm - BE (imm)

Birds:
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture

Butterflies:
Monarch - 21

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Allison, Betty, Sheldon, Phil, and Hugh.  Thankyou!

Weather Prediction:
Sep 6th - mainly sunny with risk of thunderstorm in the afternoon, S 10 km/h increasing to S 15 km/h (theweathernetwork.com)

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you do!
Walter

Sep 4th - Hey, That Was Better!

Despite a strong easterly wind, we had a number of raptors fly over the park today.  This morning started while I was still at home getting ready and I received a text message saying that there were a few birds flying along the Bluffs and heading west.  I looked at the wind direction at that time and it was NE 17km/h - I almost flew down to the park!  Sure enough within minutes of getting there I saw my first bird.  With the wind blowing and lack of humidity in the air today, it was most enjoyable just to sit and chat in-between bird sightings.  Unfortunately it looks like the heat and humidity will be back for the weekend.

Today:
Osprey - 3
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 4
Cooper's Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 4
Merlin - 6
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 21

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 23
Bald Eagle - 11
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 8
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 24
Merlin - 11
Peregrine Falcon - 4
Total - 103

Birds:
Nothing of note

Butterflies:
Monarch - 18 moving along the Bluffs, 1 tagged
Spicebush Swallowtail - 1 moving through the park, did not land

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Sarah, Bill, Pat and Nancy, Dave, Hugh, Norm, Peter, Carol, Berle, Manny, Trudy, plus several others who stopped by.  Thankyou all.

Weather Prediction:
Sep 5th - mainly sunny, E 15km/h switching to SE 15km/h in the afternoon (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park,
Walter

Sep 3rd - Feelin' Hot Hot Hot!!!

I was quite surprised that the morning N and NW winds didn't bring a few more Sharpies and Kestrels our way.

Today:
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 2
Total - 4

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 20
Bald Eagle - 11
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 8
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 20
Merlin - 5
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 82

Eagle Time (DST):
12:35pm - BE (imm)

Birds:
American Robin - several flying west over the park in the morning
Barn Swallow - several flying west over the park in the morning
Common Grackle - a few small flocks in the morning
Red-tailed Hawk - local perched in spruce tree for long periods
Sharp-shinned Hawk - one over the park heading east

Butterflies:
Clouded Sulphur - 2
Monarch - 18
Orange Sulphur - 1

Mammals:
Eastern Cottontail - 2 early in the morning

Hawk Watchers:
Leon, Allison, Peter, Betty, Bruce and Cooper, Arvo, and Cori.  Thankyou!

Weather Prediction:
Sep 4th - mainly sunny, E 20-25km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park,
Walter

Sep 2nd - Kestrel Day!

Well, one Kestrel anyway!  Today I only lasted 2 hours at the park due to the heat and humidity.

A nice low-flying Osprey was seen by Avro shortly after I left.....figures!

Walter

Sep 1st - A Fog-filled Day

Only 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk made it through the fog this morning...or that's all I saw.


Walter

Aug 31st - Not Our Best August!

In fact, it was our worst ever!  On a happier note it was only our worst by 3 birds!  Oh well, we now move forward into September with the hope for better days ahead.

Today:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 2
Merlin - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 9

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 18
Bald Eagle - 10
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 8
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 17
Merlin - 5
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 75

Birds:
Barn Swallow - large flock flew overhead heading west
Red-tailed Hawk - one local
Turkey Vulture - one local

Butterflies:
Clouded Sulphur - 2
Monarch - 31 counted, 17 tagged

Mammals:
Nothing to note

Hawk Watchers:
Betty, Peter, Terry, Manny, Ann, and a few others who stopped by

Weather Prediction:
Sep 1st - sunny, S 5km/h increasing to S 10km/h in the afternoon (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park,
Walter

Aug 30th - No Hawk Watching for Me...

Sad to report but today I'm sick in bed with Blue Jays fever!  If you happen to make it down to Rosetta and see any raptors, please let me know.  Thanks!  I should be back on my feet and good to go again tomorrow.

Walter