Aug 27th - NW Wind Makes a Difference!

Although maybe not as strong as we all hoped but today's NW wind brought us a few more birds and a few nice sightings.  We had two Bald Eagles, one after the other fly by to the north.....three Osprey in a row directly overhead.....four Red-tailed Hawks (two locals) and a Broad-winged Hawk interacting with one another as they circled and flew overhead.....and a Peregrine Falcon which appeared to be focused on taking out a passing Osprey out over the lake.  It's only going to get better!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Osprey - 9
Bald Eagle - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 20

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey -17
Bald Eagle - 10
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 7
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-Legged Hawk -0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 15
Merlin - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 65

Eagle Time (DST):
1:25pm - BE (? age)
1:27pm - BE (? age)

Birds:
Chimney Swifts - many again today
New species today included - Eastern Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager

Butterflies:
Monarchs - 21 moving along the bluffs

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Leon, Bruce, Berle, Allison, Betty, Carol, Lee, Arvo, Liz, Gary, Manny, plus a few others.  Thankyou for a wonderful day!

Weather Prediction:
Aug 28th - mainly sunny, SW 5km/h switching to S 10km/h in the afternoon (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

Aug 26th - 4 More Birds

Again, another long but enjoyable day at the park.....thanks to beautiful weather and great friends.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Osprey - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Total - 4

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 3
Osprey - 8
Bald Eagle - 8
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 0
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
Rough-Legged Hawk -0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 15
Merlin - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 0
Total - 45

Birds:
Cooper's Hawk - local
Chimney Swift - lots overhead again today
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 locals
Trumpeter Swan - 2 on the lake
Turkey Vulture - 2 locals

Great view of the park! (Ann)

Heading out over the bluffs (Arvo)

female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Ann)

Butterflies:
Clouded Sulphur - 2
Monarch - 10

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Manny, Carol, Ann, Donna, Lee, Peter, Leon, Berle, Arvo, and a couple of others.  Thanks all!

Weather Prediction:
Aug 27th - mix of sun and clouds, NW15 km/h (theweathernetwork.com)  Hope the wind is strong enough to blow some birds our way!

See you tomorrow!
Walter

Aug 25th - A Few Hundred!

Betty, Carol, Terry, Leon, MC, Pat & Nancy, Manny, Lee, myself, and a few others watched a few hundred Chimney Swifts flying westward over the park today.  Not much else happened.

Walter

Aug 24th - Not Quite What I Expected!

Well, when I woke-up this morning and read the weather forecast, I really thought today would be the day.  That didn't quite happen.  The clouds appeared to be moving from the WNW at first and then from the W.  I kept thinking that we were going to see birds up there.  Oh well, we'll try again tomorrow.

Today:
Osprey - 2

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 6
Bald Eagle - 8
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 0
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Rough-Legged Hawk -0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 15
Merlin - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 0
Total - 41

Birds:
Nothing of note

Butterflies:
Black Swallowtail - 1
Giant Swallowtail - 3!
Monarch - 19!  Terry was able to tag 4 today with the help of Liz and her grandkids.

Monarch (Paul)

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Ann, Hugh, Betty, Paul, Allison, Leon, Terry, Berle, and Carol.

Weather Prediction:
Aug 25th - much the same as today! (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park,
Walter

Aug 23rd - Another Eagle!

Another 5 birds seen today including our 8th Bald Eagle of the month!

Today:
Osprey - 2
Bald Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 1
Total - 5

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 4
Bald Eagle - 8
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 0
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Rough-Legged Hawk -0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 15
Merlin - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 0
Total - 39

Eagle Time (DST):
10:52am - BE (imm)

Photos courtesy of Ann...



Birds:
Cooper's Hawk - local.
Double-crested Cormorant - flocks filled the sky over the park early today.
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 locals.





Butterflies:
Monarch - 11 moving through the park and heading west.


Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Ann, Phil, Dave, Pat & Nancy, Mark, Bruce, Lee, John, Berle, and several others.  Thankyou all!

Weather Prediction:
Aug 24th, mainly sunny, SW 15-25km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park,
Walter

Aug 22nd - Two More!

With no humidity and a light breeze blowing in off the lake, today was another gorgeous day to be at the park.

Today:
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 1

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 2
Bald Eagle - 7
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 0
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Rough-Legged Hawk -0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 14
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 0
Total - 34

Eagle Time (DST):
11:42am - BE (imm)

Birds:
Cooper's Hawk - local
Mute Swan - 1 flying low out over the lake.
Osprey - 1 heading east, not counted.
Red-tailed Hawk - local

Butterflies:
Clouded Sulphur - 2
Monarch - 7, a few appeared to be moving west.
Summer Azure -1

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Allison, Freida, Norm, Pat & Nancy, Susan, Sheldon, Paul, Berle, and a few others who stopped by.  Thankyou!

Weather Prediction:
Aug 23rd - mainly sunny, E 10km/h switching to SE 15km/h (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

Aug 21st - Finally A Few More Birds!

It's been a minute but today a few more birds were finally added to the count.  I realize it's still early but we'd like to see at least 100 by the end of the month.

Today:
Osprey - 1 (our 1200th since 2004!)
Northern Harrier - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Total - 3

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 6
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 0
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
Amercian Kestrel - 14
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 0
Total - 32

Birds:
Black-capped Chickadee - small group of 8-10 passing through bouncing from tree to tree.
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing - small groups continue to fly overhead.
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 2 in the shrubs along the edge of the bluffs.

Butterflies:
Cabbage White - abundant.
Monarch - Terry was able to tag another 5 individuals.

Mammals:
Eastern Cottontail - 2 out frolicking on the grass early this morning.


Up up and away!

Hawk Watchers:
Lee, Bruce, Carol, Pat & Nancy, Allison, Betty, Berle, Peter, and Terry.

Weather Prediction:
Aug 22nd - sunny, SE 5-10km/h (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

Aug 19th - A Time of Need...

This post is going to be short and to the point...

Today at the park an elderly woman's life was saved.  Through a call to 911, Terry was instructed on how to revive this woman who had apparently suffered a heart attack and had stopped breathing.  After a few long scary minutes she came back around and thankfully was okay until Fire and EMS arrived.  Thanks to Terry, Bruce, and to a small part myself, this woman will live to see another day.

Walter

Aug 16th - The First Two Weeks

Just a quick note to let you know that even though we've only had 2 days of bird flight over the park so far, the numbers would suggest that we're doing just fine.  We'll let this current heat wave pass and then we'll get back at 'er.  The goal for the month of August is usually to count 100 birds.  Let's see what happens.

Our species survey is also doing quite well with 46 birds, 17 butterflies, and 5 mammals being noted so far.  I'll have a printed copy on-hand from now on so we'll be able to compare and add species as we see them.

Stay cool!
Walter

Aug 13th - Another Day

Lots of people came and no birds did so here are some photos!

These are from Lee...






This is from me...


Please check out Lee's new Facebook page called Friends of Rosetta McClain Gardens.

Weather Prediction:
Aug 14th - risk of thunderstorms, SW 15km/h switching to W 20km/h, feels like temp 35 degrees! (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

Aug 12th - Another Seven!

Another day of northwest wind sent another seven raptors our way.  And like yesterday, the action seemed to start around 10:30am.  It was one of the most beautiful days weather-wise that I can remember, hope we have more days like this coming up!

Today:
Bald Eagle - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 4
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Merlin - 1

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 0
Bald Eagle - 6
Northern Harrier - 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 0
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
Amercian Kestrel - 13
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 0
Total - 29

Eagle Time (DST):
11:13am - BE (imm)

Here are a few photos from today...

A local Red-tailed Hawk (Arvo)

A Broad-winged Hawk on the move (Arvo)

Birds:
Belted Kingfisher - 1 over the park
Cedar Waxwing - several small flocks flying east and west
Double-crested Cormorant - very few out on the lake today
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 locals

Butterflies:
Orange Sulphur - 1

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Asiana Airlines Airbus A380 over the park! (Walter)
(Enroute from Seoul, South Korea to New York, USA)

For those who haven't seen it, this is a great little video that Arvo did for the Weather Network - Point of Viewer - Battling the Elements - Capturing Greatness

Hawk Watchers:
Hugh, Allison, Carol, Phil, Arvo, Betty, Ron, plus a few others.  Thankyou!

Weather Prediction:
Aug 13th - mainly sunny, SW 15-20km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

Aug 11th - Making Up For Lost Time!

Well, after several days of not seeing any raptor movement over Rosetta, we made up for lost time today.  With northwest wind predicted for the day, I headed to the park early and was surprised to find Kris already there.  She knew!  Somewhere about 10:30am the birds started to fly over.  First two, then another, then another, then a couple more!  It was interesting to note that they were all Kestrels at first.  That might have been due to the fact that there were so many dragonflies in the air - the Kestrels favourite in-flight snack!  It wasn't long after that that we had our first 2 Bald Eagles of the season.  They slowly circled and rose up high out over the lake before continuing their flight westward.  After the initial flurry things slowed down somewhat and the bird sightings were a little less frequent but still just as exciting - a pair of Broad-winged Hawks, a couple of Turkey Vultures, more Kestrels, and more Eagles!  Oh what fun!!!  Welcome to the RMGRW 2015!!!  HOV lanes coming soon!!!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Bald Eagle - 5
Broad-winged Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 13
Total - 22

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 0
Bald Eagle - 5
Northern Harrier - 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 0
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 0
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
Amercian Kestrel - 13
Merlin - 0
Peregrine Falcon - 0
Total - 22

Eagle Time (DST):
11:00am - BE x2 (imm)
12:45pm - BE (imm)
01:20pm - BE x2 (imm)

Here are a few photos from today...

One of our first Kestrels (Kris)

Our first Eagle! (Walter)

Number three Eagle (Kris)

Our last Kestrel (Lee)

Birds:
Cedar Waxwing - many small flocks flying east and west
Cooper's Hawk - 1 local
Great Egret - 1 over the north end, heading east
Merlin - 1 over the park heading west, returned later
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 locals

Butterflies:
Monarch - 4-5
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 2

Mammals:
American Red Squirrel - 1

Here are a couple of great shots courtesy of Lee...





Hawk Watchers:
Kris, Pat & Nancy, Allison, Phil, Betty, Lee, and several others who stopped by to say 'hi'.  Thankyou!

Weather Prediction:
Aug 12th - partly cloudy, NW 20-25km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park!
Walter