Nov 20th - Tufted Titmouse @ Rosetta!!!

So this morning I'm standing there all alone watching the sky for hawks and listening to the only sound in the park - a little bird squeekin' away in the big Blue Spruce beside me.  At first I thought that it was just another chickadee but eventually it clicked-in that something didn't sound quite right with this one.  I quickly searched the tree with my binoculars and eventually found the little fellow - a Tufted Titmouse!  This is the bird that I've wanted to see at Rosetta since day one!  Oh happy day!!!

bird species #210 for our 'Park' list!

Will look for it again tomorrow if the forecasted rain and/or snow allows me to.

BTW - No hawks counted today!

See you at the park,
Walter

Nov 17th - Cold & Blustery!

Wow, what a difference a day makes!  Blurrrr!

Today:
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 3

Weather Prediction:
Nov 18th - a mix of sun and clouds, E 20km/h and gusting to 36km/h switching to SE 25km/h and gusting to 38km/h in the afternoon  (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park,
Walter

Nov 16th - More Butterflies Than Birds!!!

Yes, you read that right, more butterflies than birds!  And yes, it is November 16th!  Isn't that just crazy?  What will all these upcoming south and south-west wind days do for our hawk watching?

Today:
Red-tailed Hawk - 1

Other Birds:
Purple Finch - observed landing in the park twice today!

Butterflies:
Cabbage White - 3 (possibly a 4th)

very fresh looking! (Walter)

just a shot to confirm it was a different individual (Walter)

a late Celery Looper moth (Walter)

Hawkwatchers:
Bill, Hugh, Rosemary, Terry, Carol, Betty, Bonnie, and one or two others.....sorry, I wasn't paying much attention today.

Weather Prediction:
Nov 17th - sunny switching to mainly sunny (isn't that the same as partly cloudy?) in the afternoon, E 30 km/h and gusting to 50km/h  (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

Nov 15th - 3 Birds!

Today at Rosetta we didn't have an 'Open House', instead we had an 'Open Door' and we used it to the max!  Some people came and some people left (including me!)  As wind for hawk migration was not in our favour today I and three others left the park to go view divers and dabblers out at Cranberry Marsh in Whitby.

Today:
Northern Harrier - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Total - 3

Hawkwatchers:
John, Betty, Pat & Nancy, Sheridan, Allison, Mike & Leslie, Peter, Cori, and maybe a few others.

Weather Prediction:
Nov 16th - sunny switching to mainly sunny in the afternoon, NW 10km/h switching to E 15km/h in the afternoon  (theweathernetwork.com)

See you there,
Walter