October Off To A Flying Start: 245 Raptors..YTD 3640

October got off to a flying start as(so what else is new?) the weatherman was wrong again,and not only did it only rain about 15min and not till after 2pm,but the winds were predominantly northwest(high winds). Another busy day meant I was very thankful for all the help I had. Rodger and Jane,Keith,Bill,Leslie,Mike and friends and later Brete all added not just birds and expertise but to the fun of the day.
The final total was 245 raptors and included:
Turkey Vultures............................25(all thanks to Rodger spotting one)
Osprey...........................................5(several giving great views)
Northern Harrier...........................27
Sharpshinned Hawks..................160(high,low,other)
Coopers Hawk..............................6
Northern GOshawk.......................1
Broadwinged Hawks.....................10
Redtailed Hawks............................2
American Kestrels..........................7
Peregrine Falcons..........................2
Watching a Ringbilled Gull harass a Northern Harrier down on the lake was a highlight. A very close Peregrine Falcon was also exciting. Flurries of Sharpies kept me hopping. Thanks again to everyone for a fun day and your contributions.

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