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Statistics Update

The 'Statistics' section, which is found in the right-hand column of this blog depending on the device you're using, has now been updated to include the 2018 hawk-watching season.  How you arrive at this section using other devices, such as cell phones is your problem - LOL!!!  Anyway, you can click on the various links there to view and/or download all the numbers from over the years.  Once the Dropbox page opens you might get a popup box asking you to either join or sign-in.  If not interested just click on 'No thanks, continue to view' at the bottom of it.  Once the page that contains the file has loaded, move you cursor down to the bottom of the screen and a box should appear that will allow you to expand the file to full screen for easier viewing.  Remember, I said 'should', that's how it works on my computer anyway.  Once finished viewing, click on the X in the top right-hand corner and then use the back-arrow to return back to the raptor watch page.  Good luck and enjoy!

Walter

Dec 1st - We're Done Like Dinner

November is over and so is our raptor watching for 2018.  That doesn't mean that you should stop looking up though.  You never know what might just fly overhead.

A big thankyou to everyone who came out this season to enjoy and participate in the migration count.  Although far from our best count season, we had a helluva good time all the same!  Also, a huge thankyou to the city park staff for allowing us to conduct our count once again within the park.  Their understanding and help has always been second to none!

Raptor counts were low to very low for most species, Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered Hawks being the exceptions.  Again, as in previous years most birds likely crossed the city north of our watch site and out of our view due to all the days with a 'south' element in the wind.

Our overall bird species count was excellent, in fact our highest ever and included a few new birds for our 'Fall' and our 'Park' lists.

Our overall butterfly species count was on point and tied our record!  Butterfly numbers were low overall but the Monarch was an incredible exception.

The following is a review of what happened during our time at the Watch this fall and all stats are based on our 15 year study of migration at Rosetta...

Total Raptors (4091) - Our 13th best year ever at Rosetta McClain Gardens.  We had 10 count days with over 100 birds, of those 2 were over 500 birds.  Our highest day count occurred on October 4th when we observed 655 birds.  Unfortunately, no records were broken again this year.  Our last day of counting occurred on November 21st.

Turkey Vulture (1151) - Our 11th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on October 20th when we observed 397 birds.  Our last Turkey Vulture of the season was observed on November 8th.

Osprey (64) - Our 11th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on September 8th when we observed 11 birds.  Our last Osprey of the season was observed on October 12th.

Bald Eagle (87) - Our 4th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on September 8th when we observed 16 birds.  Our last Bald Eagle of the season was observed on November 14th.

Northern Harrier (165) - Our 9th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on October 4th when we observed 40 birds.  Our last Northern Harrier of the season was observed on November 13th.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (1524) - Our 11th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on October 4th when we observed 276 birds.  Our last Sharp-shinned Hawk of the season was observed on November 21st.

Cooper's Hawk (70) - Tied for 10th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on October 13th when we observed 10 birds.  Our last Cooper’s Hawk of the season was observed on November 20th.

Northern Goshawk (7) - Our 11th best year ever.  Our highest day counts occurred on October 20th and 21st when we observed 2 birds on each day.  Our last Northern Goshawk of the season was observed on November 20th.

Red-shouldered Hawk (63) - Our 3rd best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on October 24th when we observed 26 birds.  Our last Red-shouldered Hawk of the season was observed on November 20th.

Broad-winged Hawk (28) - Our 11th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on September 6th when we observed 9 birds.  Our last Broad-winged Hawk of the season was observed on October 18th.

Red-tailed Hawk (381) - Our 12th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on October 24th when we observed 121 birds.  Our last Red-tailed Hawk of the season was observed on November 21st.

Rough-legged Hawk (1) - Our 14th best year ever.  Our one and only Rough-legged Hawk of the season was observed on November 8th.

Golden Eagle (3) - Our 14th best year ever.  Our first bird of the season, an adult, was observed on September 6th (very early!) and our last was observed on October 24th.

American Kestrel (374) - Our 9th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on October 4th when we observed 127 birds.  Our last American Kestrel of the season was observed on November 13th.

Merlin (79) - Our 7th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on October 4th when we observed 10 birds.  Our last Merlin of the season was observed on November 13th.

Peregrine Falcon (43) - Our 11th best year ever.  Our highest day count occurred on September 26th when we observed 7 birds.  Our last Peregrine Falcon of the season was observed on November 14th.


Rarities (0)

Unidentified Species (51) - Our best year ever - LOL!!!


Plus...

Species Survey - Birds (142) - Highlights included a new species for our 'Park List' - Barred Owl.  Our list of birds identified at Rosetta since 2001 now officially sits at 219!  Another great sighting this fall was a Northern Saw-whet Owl, only our second ever!  Every fall we always manage to find fantastic birds around the park!  Great work everyone!

Species Survey - Mammals (8) - Highlight was a couple of sightings of a fox.

Species Survey - Butterflies (28) - It was another excellent season although overall numbers were down.  We managed to tie last year's high count of 28 species.  One new butterfly species was observed and photographed, a Milbert's Tortoiseshell on September 1st (I believe).  Other great sightings included a Pipevine Swallowtail and a handful of the newly named Eastern Giant Swallowtail.  Of interest, the Painted Lady butterfly which we observed in great numbers last fall was nearly non-existant this season....we saw only 1 or 2!  On August 30th we witnessed an estimated count of 15000 Monarchs migrating along the Bluffs!  A few days later on September 6th there were roughly 12000 more!  Both counts were conservative!  Our final count of Monarchs for the fall was just under 37000 - a very promising number!  We'll wait to see what the experts say next spring after the overall count numbers come back from Mexico.


Monarch Butterfly Tagging (2169) - Terry and Betty, with the help of many others, managed to capture, collect data, tag, and release a new record 2169 Monarchs!  On September 11th the team affixed tags to 172 Monarchs!  We now wait to see how many of the tags are found in the mountains of Mexico during the spring of 2019.

Fantastic work everyone!  Thank you once again!


Walter

Nov 21st - 4 Birds, 3 Bags, 8 people!

The end of the migration must be near because we had almost as many plastic bags flying through the air as we did hawks!!!

TODAY:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
Total - 4

OTHER BIRDS:
Sandhill Crane - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 (local)
Merlin - 1 (local)

HAWKWATCHERS:
Walter, Theresa, Nolan, Kris, Cori, Allison, Dave, and Betty.

WEATHER PREDICTION:
NW wind turning to N mid-day and cold as heck!  Good luck if you go!

Walter

Nov 20th - 26 Birds, 5 Species, 1 Goshawk!

TODAY:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 4
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 16
Unidentified Buteo - 1
Total - 26

OTHER BIRDS:
Sandhill Crane - 10
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 (local)
Merlin - 1 (local)

HAWKWATCHERS:
Theresa, Sophie, Dave, Walter, Allison, Betty, and Lynn

WEATHER PREDICTION:
NW wind continues on Wednesday!

See you at the park,
Walter

Nov 19th - 3 Birds

TODAY:
Red-tailed Hawk - 3

Red-tailed Hawks (Allison)

OTHER BIRDS:
Cooper's Hawk - 1 (local)
Red-tailed Hawk - 1 (local)

Cooper's Hawk (seems to be hanging around the park) (Allison)

Red-tailed Hawk (Allison)

HAWKWATCHERS:
Allison

WEATHER PREDICTION:
Decent NW wind on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Hopefully there are birds yet to come.

See you at the fence,
Walter

Nov 14th - 44 Birds, 5 Species, 1 Eagle

TODAY:
Bald Eagle - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Red-tailed Hawk - 37
Peregrine Falcon - 1

EAGLE TIME (EST):
12:51pm - Bald Eagle - 1

HAWKWATCHERS:
Ron, Hugh, Walter, Allison, Betty, and Cori

See you again soon.....if I ever warm up!
Walter

Nov 13th - 38 Birds, 8 Species, 1 Eagle

TODAY:
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 24
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 2
Total - 38

EAGLE TIME (EST):
11:02am - Bald Eagle - 1

TO DATE:
Turkey Vulture - 1151
Osprey - 64
Bald Eagle - 86
Northern Harrier - 165
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1517
Cooper's Hawk - 66
Northern Goshawk - 6
Red-shouldered Hawk - 58
Red-tailed Hawk - 324
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Golden Eagle - 3
American Kestrel - 374
Merlin - 79
Peregrine Falcon - 42
Unidentified Accipiter - 3
Unidentified Buteo - 31
Unidentified Eagle - 1
Unidentified Falcon - 13
Unidentified Raptor - 2
Total - 4014

Bald Eagle (Theresa)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Theresa)

HAWKWATCHERS:
Theresa, Walter, Betty, Pat and Nancy, and Allison

WEATHER PREDICTION:
NW wind for tomorrow!

Walter

Nov 8th - 20 Birds

TODAY:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 11
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Unidentified Buteo - 2
Total - 20

 Red-shouldered Hawk (Kris)

Turkey Vulture (Kris)

...same Turkey Vulture (Walter)

OTHER BIRDS:
Merlin - 2 (locals), many songbirds flying overhead.

HAWKWATCHERS:
Theresa, Kris, and Walter

WEATHER PREDICTION:
More rain, and maybe some snow!

(Walter)

See you again,
Walter

Nov 3rd - 7 Birds

TODAY:
Northern Harrier - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
Total - 7

TO DATE:
Turkey Vulture - 1150
Osprey - 64
Bald Eagle - 85
Northern Harrier - 162
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1513
Cooper's Hawk - 64
Northern Goshawk - 6
Red-shouldered Hawk - 53
Broad-winged Hawk - 28
Red-tailed Hawk - 289
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 3
American Kestrel - 373
Merlin - 77
Peregrine Falcon - 41
Unidentified Accipiter - 3
Unidentified Buteo - 29
Unidentified Eagle - 1
Unidentified Falcon - 13
Unidentified Raptor - 2
Total - 3956

Red-tailed Hawk (Theresa)

Red-tailed Hawk (Theresa)

OTHER BIRDS:
Cooper's Hawk (local), Merlin (local), Eastern Bluebirds (80+), Pine Siskins, Cedar Waxwings, and a few Purple Finches.

HAWKWATCHERS:
Mike D, Theresa, Mark, Betty, Allison, Ron, Lynn, Kris, Bruce and Ann Falls, and a few others.

WEATHER PREDICTION:
Although nice and sunny at the time of writing, more rain and wind not condusive to good raptor migration over Rosetta is on the way - ugh!

Walter

Oct 25th - 22 Birds, 8 Species, 1 Eagle!

TODAY:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 8
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 22

EAGLE TIME (EDT):
10:40am - Bald Eagle - 1

TO DATE:
Turkey Vulture - 1150
Osprey - 64
Bald Eagle - 85
Northern Harrier - 159
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1513
Cooper's Hawk - 64
Northern Goshawk - 6
Red-shouldered Hawk - 53
Broad-winged Hawk - 28
Red-tailed Hawk - 285
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 3
American Kestrel - 373
Merlin - 77
Peregrine Falcon - 41
Unidentified Accipiter - 3
Unidentified Buteo - 29
Unidentified Eagle - 1
Unidentified Falcon - 13
Unidentified Raptor - 2
Total - 3949

immature Bald Eagle (Theresa)

OTHER BIRDS:
Common Raven - 4

HAWKWATCHERS:
Owen, Ray, Ron, Theresa, and Peter

WEATHER PREDICTION:
Lousy!

Walter

Oct 24th - 487 Birds, 10 Species, 2 Eagles!

A really nice day spent at the park.  Raptors flew by all day, everywhere across the sky and at every height.  It was hard to figure out where the next bird would appear from.  Thank you everyone for all your help spotting, pointing out, photographing and identifying.

TODAY:
Turkey Vulture - 232
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 78
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Red-shouldered Hawk - 26
Red-tailed Hawk - 121
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 2
Merlin - 2
Unidentified Accipiter - 1
Unidentified Buteo - 14
Unidentified Falcon - 2
Total - 487

EAGLE TIME (EDT):
03:00pm - Bald Eagle - 1
03:34pm - Golden Eagle - 1

TO DATE:
Turkey Vulture - 1149
Osprey - 64
Bald Eagle - 84
Northern Harrier - 158
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1506
Cooper's Hawk - 62
Northern Goshawk - 6
Red-shouldered Hawk - 53
Broad-winged Hawk - 28
Red-tailed Hawk - 277
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 3
American Kestrel - 373
Merlin - 76
Peregrine Falcon - 40
Unidentified Accipiter - 3
Unidentified Buteo - 29
Unidentified Eagle - 1
Unidentified Falcon - 13
Unidentified Raptor - 2
Total - 3927

Cooper's Hawk (Mike D)

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike D)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

 Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

 Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

 Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

Red-tailed Hawk (Lee)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Lee)

Red-tailed Hawk (Lee)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike D)

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike D)

OTHER BIRDS:
Loon sp. - 9, Eastern Bluebird - 75, Common Raven - 2, Purple Finch - 1, and Sandhill Crane - 1

Sandhill Crane (Walter)

INSECTS:
Butterflies - Monarch - 2

HAWKWATCHERS:
Walter, Theresa, Sophie, Lee, Peter, Jennifer, Joe, Sheldon, Ron, Hugh, Mike D, Brian, MC, Allson, Bruce F, Dave, Betty, Cori, Terry, Ann, Nolan, and several others.  Thankyou!

WEATHER PREDICTION:
Wind starts off NW tomorrow and then swings around to SW by the afternoon.

See you again soon,
Walter

Oct 22nd & 23rd - 19 Birds, 8 Species, 1 Eagle!

OCTOBER 23RD:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 5
American Kestrel - 1
Total - 16

EAGLE TIME (EDT):
03:59 - Bald Eagle - 1

__________________


OCTOBER 22ND:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Total - 3

__________________


WEATHER PREDICTION:
20km/h NW wind blowin' tomorrow, gustin' to 40km/h!

See you at the spot where the grass grows no more,
Walter