Sep 12th - Cold, Rainy and a Few Birds

Wow, today felt more like late-October than mid-September at the park.  We don't want that just yet!  Anyway, a few of us braved the chill and the threat of rain and were rewarded with a decent flight of hawks considering.

Today:
Osprey - 2
Northern Harrier - 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 26
American Kestrel - 1
Total - 38

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 48
Bald Eagle - 18
Northern Harrier - 33
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 566
Cooper's Hawk - 6
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 87
Red-tailed Hawk - 9
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 190
Merlin - 31
Peregrine Falcon - 7
Total - 999

Birds:
Common Loon - 18 counted overhead flying south
Eastern Towhee - heard calling
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 flying east out over the lake
Shorebird (unknown species) - flying overhead
Warblers - several species seen on the west side of the park
White-throated Sparrow - a couple seen around the shrubs

Butterflies:
Monarch - 44 counted, many flying high up

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Phil, Bruce, Leon, Derryn, Carol, Arvo, Betty, Justin, Peter, and Hugh

Weather Prediction:
Sep 13th - cloudy with sunny breaks, NW 30km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)  Should be great...fingers crossed!

See you there!
Walter

Sep 11th - 4 Eagles, No Daves!!!

Sorry 'bout that title, had to do it!

Many of today's birds were either way up or way out...sometimes that happens!  It's part of what makes hawk watching so much fun...the searching!  After a wonderful day of straining to see birds, the last one came right down the path beside us and was flying only about 6 feet off the ground...it was a Sharpie!  Very cool!!!

Today:
Osprey - 10
Bald Eagle - 4
Northern Harrier - 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 157
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 69
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
American Kestrel - 41
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 298

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 46
Bald Eagle - 18
Northern Harrier - 24
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 540
Cooper's Hawk - 6
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 87
Red-tailed Hawk - 9
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 189
Merlin - 31
Peregrine Falcon - 7
Total - 961

Eagle Time (DST):
11:16am - BE (imm)
11:34am - BE (imm)
11:52am - BE (imm)
1:19pm - BE (imm)

Today's photos are courtesy of Mike...

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Birds:
Blue Jay - likely our first flock going south for the winter
Common Loon - 24 heading south
Common Nighthawk - 1
Rock Pigeon - two flocks of racing pigeons
Shorebird (unknown species) - flew over with a Rock Pigeon

part of a large flock pigeons bred and raised to race

Common Loon passing overhead

Butterflies:
Monarch - 400+ flying through all over the sky

Mammals:
Eastern Cottontail - 1

Hawk Watchers:
Mike, Kevin, Betty, Leon, Sheldon, Kris, Ron, Manny, Pat & Nancy, Norm, Berle, Peter, Arvo, Hugh, Charlie, and several others.  Thankyou everyone, that wasn't easy today!

Weather Prediction:
Sep 12th - rain, N 25-30km/h and gusting

See you tomorrow at the park,
Walter

Sep 10th - Three Daves, No Eagles!

It was a gorgeous early September day at the park.  Not too hot, no humidity, whispy clouds all day up high, light SE winds off the lake, and a enough birds to keep most people interested.  Any birds that did come our way, came right overhead...although high up!

Today:
Osprey - 2
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 9
Cooper's Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 8
Merlin - 4
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 28

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 36
Bald Eagle - 14
Northern Harrier - 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 383
Cooper's Hawk - 5
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 18
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 148
Merlin - 30
Peregrine Falcon - 6
Total - 663

Birds:
Common Loon - 5 flying south over the park and straight out over the lake
Common Raven - 4 flying back and forth across the park with lots of interaction
Warblers - several in the northwest corner of the park

Butterflies:
Black Swallowtail - 1m, 1f
Monarch - 41

Mammals:
Domestic Cat

Hawk Watchers:
Lorne, Sheldon, Byron, Peter, Judy, Pat & Nancy, Betty, Ron, Hugh, Dave, Rosemary, Arvo, Allison, Dave & Mary Beth, Dave, Berle, Terry, Trudy, plus a few others.

Weather Prediction:
Sep 11th - mainly sunny, chance of an afternoon shower, W 10km/h  switching to NW 20km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)

See you early!
Walter

Sep 9th - Today


Today:
Osprey - 6
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 72
Broad-winged Hawk - 3
American Kestrel - 32
Merlin - 1
Total - 117

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 34
Bald Eagle - 14
Northern Harrier - 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 374
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 18
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 140
Merlin - 26
Peregrine Falcon - 5
Total - 635

Today's photos are courtesy of Lee...

a male American Kestrel

a young Broad-winged Hawk

a young Sharp-shinned Hawk

a female American Kestrel


Birds:
Cedar Waxwing - many small flocks passing overhead
Common Loon - 6 heading south over the lake

a Cedar Waxwing

a young American Robin

Butterflies:
Monarch - 57

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Lorne, Lee, Kris, Peter, Sheldon, Carol, Manny, Bruce, Berle, Arvo, Glen & Lyn, Betty, Charlie and a few others.  Thanks everyone for a great day.

Weather Prediction:
Sep 10th - mainly sunny to sunny, N 10km/h switching to SE 15km/h (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park!
Walter

Sep 8th - 2 Sharpies

I heard mention of a few brave souls heading to Rosetta today despite all the heat and humidity...I was one of them tho I didn't last long, only about an hour!  While there with Peter and Terry we saw 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks fly over the park.

Sure enough the winds have changed for Wednesday...

Weather Prediction:
Sep 9th - a mix of sun and cloud, NW 20km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)  This looks good, let's see what happens.

See you at the park!
Walter

Sep 7th - Sharpie, Sharpie, Kestrel, Sharpie!

Another good day of raptor migration over Rosetta!  Today, the bird of the day was the Sharp-shinned Hawk, also referred to as a 'Sharpie' and/or 'Shin' at most hawk watches.  A few times today we had as many as 7 passing overhead at one time.  Many came in pairs and were interacting with one another along the way.  Sometimes the interactions were between Sharpies and American Kestrels.  The flight today for most birds was directly overhead and just slightly higher than the tree tops.  This provided everyone gathered some fabulous views and great photo ops.

Today:
Osprey - 4
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 193
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
American Kestrel - 32
Merlin - 3
Total - 242

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 28
Bald Eagle - 14
Northern Harrier - 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 300
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 15
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 108
Merlin - 25
Peregrine Falcon - 5
Total - 516

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

Here are a couple of photos courtesy of Paul...

American Kestrel

Sharp-shinned Hawk

...and here are a couple courtesy of Lee...

Merlin

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Merlin

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk
(notice the full crop!)

Sharp-shinned Hawk

adult Bald Eagle

Birds:
Cedar Waxwing - several small flocks moving over the park

Butterflies:
Monarch - 19 moving, 1 tagged

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Phil, Lorne, Sheldon, Paul, Allison, Mike & Leslie, Richard, Hugh, Betty, Bruce, Pat & Nancy, Berle, Dave, Mark, Lee, Peter, Glen, Eleanor, and several others.  Thankyou for a most enjoyable day!

Weather Prediction:
Sep 8th - risk of a thunderstorm, SE 5-10km/h (theweathernetwork.com)

Bring your rain gear!
Walter

Sep 6th - FINALLY!!!!!

Today we finally had our first real good look at fall raptor migration along the Scarborough Bluffs.  We more than doubled our count for the season!  For the better part of the day we observed Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels flying overhead in decent numbers.  Today's group of hawk watchers did a fantastic job finding and identifying everything that flew our way.  Thankyou everyone!

Today:
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 82
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 51
Merlin - 8
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 146 

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 24
Bald Eagle - 13
Northern Harrier - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 107
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 9
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 76
Merlin - 22
Peregrine Falcon - 5
Total - 274

Eagle Time (DST):
8:30am - BE (imm)

Sharpie and Kestrel photos from today, courtesy of Ann








Birds:
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 4-5 moving west across the park bouncing from tree top to tree top
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 locals, with one back to it's old tricks dive-bombing squirrels that are right beside us!

adult Red-tailed Hawk (Pat)

 juvenile Red-tailed Hawk (Ann)

Butterflies:
Monarch - 9 counted, 1 tagged

Mammals:
Raccoon - 3

Hawk Watchers:
Lorne, Allison, Phil, Carol, Pat & Nancy, Hugh, Sheldon, Gord, Freida, Cori, Ann, Glen, Sarah, Berle, and many others folks over the course of the day.  Again, thankyou for all your help!

Weather Prediction:
Sep 7th - mainly sunny, SW 15-20km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)

See you tomorrow,
Walter