Wind (current)

Nov 12th - 161 Birds, 10 Species, Both Eagles!

Wow, still lots o' birds flying!  It was another lovely sunny day with cold wind blowin' down from the north and a bonus element of a snow covering the ground.  The reason that the snow was a bonus was because when Peter arrived at 10:15am he found no one else there and the birds were already up and flying.  This is how Peter used the snow to his advantage...

Peter and his hawk count white board. (Allison)

(Walter)

Migration was consistant up until roughly 1:30pm, then the birds slowed somewhat, then they pretty much stopped completely except for a couple of Turkey Vultures.  We hung in until 3:30pm just to make sure that was it for the day.  In all, another amazing late fall day of hawk watching.  The combination of the sun's position in the sky now and the sunshine reflecting back up off the snow made for some incredible views as the birds circled and soared over the park.  Hopefully there are still a few more days like this ahead of us.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 5
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 5
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 15
Red-tailed Hawk - 113
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Golden Eagle - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Unidentified Buteo - 3
Total - 161

Eagle Time (EST):
10:35am - BE
11:15am - GE

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2450
Osprey - 37
Bald Eagle - 82
Northern Harrier - 116
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 640
Cooper's Hawk - 15
Northern Goshawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 32
Broad-winged Hawk - 70
Red-tailed Hawk - 501
Rough-legged Hawk - 7
Golden Eagle - 5
American Kestrel - 197
Merlin - 19
Peregrine Falcon - 22
Unidentified Accipiter - 0
Unidentified Buteo - 34
Unidentified Eagle - 3
Unidentified Falcon - 6
Unidentified Raptor - 8
Total - 4247

a distant Golden Eagle (Allison)

Other Birds of Note:
Trumpeter Swan (5), Eastern Meadowlark (1), Great Blue Heron (2), Rusty Blackbird (1) and an Eastern Phoebe (1).

Trumpeter Swan family (Allison)

Hawkwatchers:
Peter, Walter, Dave, Joe, Allison, Jim, Jennifer, Winston, Naish, Betty, Trudy and Theresa.  Thankyou everyone for all your help today.  Hope you're all toasty-warm by now.

Weather Prediction:
Northwest wind to start the day but quickly swinging around to the south.  I'll only go as far as the backyard tomorrow morning for my hawk watching.

See you all again soon,
Walter

Nov 8th - 391 Birds, 11 Species, 12 Eagles!!!

391 Birds - Our highest single-day count ever for November!
65 Turkey Vultures - Our highest single-day count ever for November!
71 Turkey Vultures - Our highest monthly count ever for November!
9 Bald Eagles - Our highest single-day count ever for November!
9 Bald Eagles - Our highest monthly count ever for November!
289 Red-tailed Hawks - Our 2nd highest single-day count ever! (missed our record by only 39 birds)

Around 1:00pm we had 2 Bald Eagles, 1 dark morph Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk and 70-80 Red-tailed Hawks all circling over the park against the blue sky.  It was a spectacular sight!

Ha, not a bad day really!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 65
Bald Eagle - 9
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 5
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Red-tailed Hawk - 289
Rough-legged Hawk - 3
Golden Eagle - 3
American Kestrel - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Unidentified Buteo - 5
Total - 391

Eagle Time (EST):
09:40am - BE
11:11am - BE
11:14am - GE
11:14am - BE
11:30am - GE x2
11:41am - BE
11:56am - BE
12:58pm - BE
01:04pm - BE
01:25pm - BE
02:40pm - BE

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2445
Osprey - 37
Bald Eagle - 81
Northern Harrier - 100
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 633
Cooper's Hawk - 14
Northern Goshawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 17
Broad-winged Hawk - 70
Red-tailed Hawk - 388
Rough-legged Hawk - 6
Golden Eagle - 4
American Kestrel - 197
Merlin - 19
Peregrine Falcon - 20
Unidentified Accipiter - 0
Unidentified Buteo - 31
Unidentified Eagle - 3
Unidentified Falcon - 6
Unidentified Raptor - 8
Total - 4082


 Bald Eagle (Elias)

Peregrine Falcon (Mike)

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

Red-tailed Hawk (Arvo)

Cooper's Hawk (Mike)

Bald Eagle (Mike)

Bald Eagle (Mike)

Rough-legged Hawk (Mike)

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

Bald Eagle (Arvo)

Bald Eagle (Mike)

Turkey Vulture (Mike)

 Turkey Vulture (Arvo)

 Turkey Vulture (Arvo)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike)

 Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

Other Birds:
Red-tailed Hawk (local), Merlin (local) and Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes (Kris)

Hawkwatchers:
Kris, Theresa, Elias, Mike, Allison, Walter, Julie, Arvo, Naish, Phil, Bruce, Lynn, Betty, Cori and Hugh.  Wow, that might be a single-day record for November as well!!!  Thankyou everybody for a spectacular day at the park!

USAF C-17 Globemaster (Elias)

Weather Prediction:
Watch Monday, Tuesday and maybe even Wednesday of next week.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Walter

Nov 7th - 40 Birds, 3 Rough-legged Hawks!

Today's weather was a bit of a nice surprise to me as I thought it was going to be miserable out from what I read.  It turned out to be beautiful...at least when the sun was shining.  Raptor-wise it was a little slow but somewhat steady.  Of course, as the weather gets colder the window of opportunity that the birds fly on gets shorter and shorter.  Most action today was mid-day.  The high point came when our 'first of the season' Rough-legged Hawk emerged from over the distant trees to the east.  Eventually it passed over the centre of the park and started to circle upward.  To the east another 'Roughie' showed.  It slowly circled over the park and met up with the lead bird.  As we were celebrating our sightings another Roughie soared directly overhead and tried to sneak by our radar.  Unfortunately that didn't work out for the bird and he was spotted and photographed as he flew over the west side of the park.  Three Rough-legged Hawks within 10 minutes!  Many of the Harriers came early in the day and the Red-tails came in the early afternoon.  Hopefully tomorrow will be similar.....or better.


I'd like to dedicate today's hawk-watching at Rosetta to Bob Whittam (Terry's brother) who passed away suddenly on November 2nd.  We as birders in Ontario have much to thank Bob for...

His career in biology started at the Long Point Bird Observatory where he was head bird bander in 1968, and included stints with provincial and national parks, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Canadian Wildlife Service where he ultimately became the chief naturalist at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland in 1973.  Here, he spearheaded work to reintroduce the Trumpeter Swan and and ban lead shot in Ontario.  Just before the federal government cut funding to its interpretation program in 1984, including closing wildlife centres across the country, Bob helped found the non-profit Friends of Wye Marsh.  This fortuitous move allowed the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre to remain in operation and Bob to continue to mentor young naturalist staff and make wetlands and nature education accessible to thousands of visitors annually.  Former staff still comment on Bob's kind and humorous management style.

Forced to retire early due to illness, Bob's contribution to nature education was recognized through many awards including the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Latornell Conservation Pioneer Award (2008) for outstanding contributions to the field of conservation in Ontario.  In 2012 Bob realized a lifelong dream when his book, The Birds of Georgian Bay, was published.

My thoughts this week and especially today are with Terry and his family.


Today:
Northern Harrier - 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 14
Rough-legged Hawk - 3
Total - 40

One! (Brian)

Two!! (Brian)

Three!!! (Brian)

Red-tailed Hawk (Brian)

Other Birds (but not all):
Red-tailed Hawk (local), Merlin (local), Common Raven, Great Blue Heron, American Pipit, Horned Lark and Greater Yellowlegs.

Hawkwatchers:
Kris, Noam, Theresa, Brian, Arvo, Bruce, Walter, Allison, Peter and Blaine.  Many thanks to everyone!

Weather Prediction:
NW wind for tomorrow!  Hopefully there are still lots o' birds to come!

See you parkside,
Walter


Oct 26th - 3639 Birds!

Oops, that should've said 'As of Oct 26th - 3639 Birds!'  Lmao!!!  Anyway a few birds have flown over the park recently and have been added to the count.

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2374
Osprey - 37
Bald Eagle - 72
Northern Harrier - 72
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 626
Cooper's Hawk - 12
Northern Goshawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 13
Broad-winged Hawk - 70
Red-tailed Hawk - 83
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 196
Merlin - 19
Peregrine Falcon - 18
Unidentified Accipiter - 0
Unidentified Buteo - 26
Unidentified Eagle - 3
Unidentified Falcon - 6
Unidentified Raptor - 8
Total - 3639

Next Wednesday and Thursday have a N element in the wind direction...there is also rain forecasted for those two days as well.  Let's see what happens.

Walter

Oct 24th - 30 Birds!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 13
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 10
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 3
Total - 30

Hawkwatchers:
Theresa, Mark, MC, Dave, Betty and a few others.  Thankyou everyone.

Walter

Oct 18th - 1409 Birds, 12 Eagles.

Okay, that was better than yesterday!!!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1146
Bald Eagle - 9
Northern Harrier - 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 174
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 10
Broad-winged Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 31
American Kestrel - 3
Merlin - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 5
Unidentified Buteo - 9
Unidentified Eagle - 3
Total - 1409

Eagle Time (EDT):
10:45am - BE
10:49am - BE
11:58am - BE
12:01pm - BE
12:08pm - BE
12:52pm - BE
01:13pm - BE
03:24pm - UE
03:38pm - UE
03:58pm - BE x2
04:40pm - UE

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2361
Osprey - 37
Bald Eagle - 72
Northern Harrier - 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 615
Cooper's Hawk - 12
Northern Goshawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 12
Broad-winged Hawk - 70
Red-tailed Hawk - 82
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 192
Merlin - 19
Peregrine Falcon - 16
Unidentified Accipiter - 0
Unidentified Buteo - 26
Unidentified Eagle - 3
Unidentified Falcon - 6
Unidentified Raptor - 8
Total - 3604

Northern Goshawk (Brian)

Bald Eagle (Theresa)

 American Kestrel (Brian)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Arvo)

Bald Eagle (Theresa)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Brian)

Turkey Vulture (Theresa)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Brian)

Turkey Vulture (Brian)

V is for Vulture Day! (Walter)

Other Birds:
50 species in and around the park according to all who reported on eBird.

Insects:
Butterflies - Monarch (6), Eastern Comma (1)
Dragonflies - Green Darner

Hawkwatchers:
Walter, Noam, Ella, Theresa, Kris, Jennifer, Dave, Phil, Connor, Elias, Allison, Mike, Arvo, Hugh, Naish, Lynn, MC, and likely I few others that I missed.  Thankyou everyone for another amazing hawk-watching day!!!

Weather Prediction:
Wind not condusive to good hawk migration!

Walter

Oct 17th - 86 Birds, 2 Eagles.

The wind gusts might've been a tad strong, the sky might've been a little too threatening, hard to say as it turned out to be a slow but steady day of hawk watching.  Getting 11 species didn't hurt though and kept things interesting for everyone.  With the 100% cloud cover all day of course identifying the birds was challenging at best.  Thankfully with a bit of discussion and some great photography work we managed to get by just fine and actually ended up with some nice surprises.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 5
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 23
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
American Kestrel - 35
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Unidentified Buteo - 1
Total - 86

Eagle Time (EDT):
02:20pm - BE
02:55pm - BE

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1215
Osprey - 37
Bald Eagle - 63
Northern Harrier - 61
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 441
Cooper's Hawk - 8
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Broad-winged Hawk - 67
Red-tailed Hawk - 51
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 189
Merlin - 17
Peregrine Falcon - 11
Unidentified Accipiter - 0
Unidentified Buteo - 17
Unidentified Eagle - 0
Unidentified Falcon - 6
Unidentified Raptor - 8
Total - 2195


Bald Eagle (Brian)

Northern Goshawk (Brian)

Northern Harrier (Brian)

American Kestrel (Brian)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Brian)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Brian)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Brian)

Turkey Vulture (Brian)

Other Birds:
Merlin (local), Red-tailed Hawk (local), Common Loon, Yellow-rumped Warbler (several!), Brant (185+), Northern Shoveler (3)

Brant (Elias)

Brant (Elias)

Brant (same group) (Brian)

Insects:
Dragonflies - 1

Hawkwatchers:
Walter, Kris, Phil, Jennifer, Connor, Terry, Elias, Dave, Peter, Arvo, Bruce M, Brian, and others.  Thankyou everyone for all your help today!

Weather Prediction:
NW wind again tomorrow but not gusting as strong.  Should be good!  A bit more sun as well.

See you at the park,
Walter

Oct 16th - Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Not.

Although the winds are absolutely perfect tomorrow (Thursday), the rain may be an issue, we'll just have to wait and see....and then we'll have to wait and see what the birds think.

From what I understand the washrooms at Rosetta are likely closed for the winter now.  I'll get the details if and when I get down to the park tomorrow.

Maybe we'll see you there...maybe not,
Walter

Oct 14th - Not Much Since Oct 4th.

With all of the E wind we've experienced lately not many migrating raptors have flown over Rosetta, only 45 birds in total since the 4th.  A big 'thankyou' to everyone who has been to the park and reported their sightings.

Here's where we are as of this morning...

Currently:
Turkey Vulture - 1208
Osprey - 37
Bald Eagle - 61
Northern Harrier - 50
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 417
Cooper's Hawk - 7
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 67
Red-tailed Hawk - 48
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 153
Merlin - 16
Peregrine Falcon - 9
Unidentified Accipiter - 0
Unidentified Buteo - 16
Unidentified Eagle - 0
Unidentified Falcon - 6
Unidentified Raptor - 8
Total - 2105

Hopefully someone sees a few migrants today.  I'm crushin' turkey later so I can't get down to the park.

Keep an eye on Thursday's weather forecast!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving,
Walter

Oct 12th - When is Eagle Time?

The following is a breakdown of when eagles soar over Rosetta during fall migration.  So far I've scoured through the years 2015 thru 2019.  The count covers 429 birds.  Balds, Goldens and Unidentifieds are included.  12 individuals were not added below because 'time of sighting' was missing in the original post.  Enjoy.

7:00am - 7:59am - 1
8:00am - 8:59am - 7
9:00am - 9:59am - 17
10:00am - 10:59am - 53
11:00am - 11:59am - 87
12:00pm - 12:59pm - 77
1:00pm - 1:59pm - 47
2:00pm - 2:59pm - 43
3:00pm - 3:59pm - 59
4:00pm - 4:59pm - 22
5:00pm - 5:59pm - 4

Watch for further updates coming soon!

Walter

Oct 4th - 1255 Birds, 13/15 Species, and 16 Eagles!

October 4th:
Turkey Vulture - 1128
Osprey - 3
Bald Eagle - 15
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 60
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 29
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 4
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Unidentified Buteo - 3
Unidentified Falcon - 1
Unidentified Raptor - 2
Total - 1255

Eagle Time (EDT):
09:39am - GE
09:46am - BE
10:34am - BE
11:35am - BE
12:40pm - BE
12:56pm - BE
01:10pm - BE
01:35pm - BE
02:35pm - BE x2
03:02pm - BE
03:07pm - BE
03:15pm - BE x2
03:21pm - BE
04:11pm - BE

Photos:





Cooper's Hawk (local) and Northern Harrier (Mike)

Turkey Vulture (Lee)

Red-tailed Hawk (Ann)

 Golden Eagle (Mike)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

Turkey Vultures (Ann)

Bald Eagle (Lee)

Bald Eagle (Mike)

Turkey Vulture (Mike)

 Bald Eagle (Mike)

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

'Sharpie' (Mike)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

Osprey (Mike)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike)

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

'Sharpie' (Ann)

Red-tailed Hawk (Lee)

Turkey Vulture (Lee)

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1181
Osprey -36
Bald Eagle - 61
Northern Harrier -50
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 412
Cooper's Hawk - 6
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 67
Red-tailed Hawk - 44
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 152
Merlin - 16
Peregrine Falcon - 4
Unidentified Buteo - 16
Unidentified Falcon - 5
Unidentified Raptor - 8
Total - 2060

Other Birds:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Cackling Goose, Loon sp., Great Blue Heron, Common Raven, White-throated Sparrow, Blue Jays, Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant and many many more.

Blue Jay (Lee)

Insects:
Midges - Billions!
Butterflies - Monarch, Painted Lady, Mourning Cloak and Cabbage White.
Dragonflies - Green Darner, Black Saddlebags.

Midges (Lee)

 Monarch (Lee)

Hawkwatchers:
Noam, Walter, Brian, Theresa, Ella, Mike, Kris, Connor, Patty, Phil, Dan, Murray and many folks from his Meetup group, Allison, Arvo, Betty, Ann, Naish, Dave, Glen, Ron, Jennifer, Lee, Terry, and many more.  Thank you everyone for an amazing day of hawk watching!  The sky was difficult when it was totally overcast and when it was totally blue.  Your skills at spotting, photographing and identifying are second to none!  Only by photo were we able to possitively identify several great birds today including the Golden Eagle, the Red-shouldered Hawk, the Broad-wings and a few others.

Weather Prediction:
A day filled with E wind.

See you again soon,
Walter