Wind (current)

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) (Brain)

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

Sep 29th & Sep 30th - 14 Birds, 3 Eagles!

September 30th:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
American Kestrel - 1
Total - 4

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 53
Osprey - 33
Bald Eagle - 46
Northern Harrier - 49
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 348
Cooper's Hawk - 5
Broad-winged Hawk - 64
Red-tailed Hawk - 15
American Kestrel - 146
Merlin - 15
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Unidentified Buteo - 13
Unidentified Falcon - 4
Unidentified Raptor - 6
Total - 799

Other Birds:
Cooper's Hawk (local), Red-tailed Hawk (local)

Insects:
Monarch - 4

Hawkwatchers:
Hugh, Ann.  Thankyou!




September 29th:
Bald Eagle - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 4
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Merlin - 2
Total - 10

Merlin (Lee)

Merlin (Lee)

Bald Eagle (Lee)

Bald Eagle (Lee)

Cooper's Hawk (Lee)

Bald Eagle (Lee)

Eagle Time EDT:
11:50am - BE x2
12:33pm - BE

Other Birds:
Turkey Vulture (local), Red-tailed Hawk (local)

Turkey Vulture (Lee)

Red-tailed Hawk (Lee)

Hawkwatcher:
Lee

Walter

Sep 28th - Only 18 Birds!

Quite abit slower than expected after the rain.  We only had 18 birds over 4 hours of hawk-watching this afternoon.

September 18th:
Osprey - 1
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 12
American Kestrel - 3
Total - 18

Northern Harrier (Lee)

Northern Harrier (Lee)

 Sharp-shinned Hawk (Lee)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Lee)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Lee)

American Kestrel (Lee)

Osprey (Lee)

Other Birds:
Merlin (local), Common Loon, Great Blue Heron and a late Chimney Swift.  The park was fairly quiet.

Great Blue Heron (Lee)

Insects:
Monarchs - 150 (estimated)

Hawkwatchers:
Walter, Lee and Connor

MS Hamburg (Walter)

Weather Prediction:
Sunday starts off with NE wind but quickly switches to E wind for the remainder of the day.

See you at the park,
Walter