Sept 18 Good winds brings good count. 125 Raptors

Today the conditions were very good. Winds were from the north or northwest almost all day and we had decent clouds to see birds against. In the early part of the day we had several treetop level Broadwinged Hawks,always a treat. Meaghan and Crystal,Betty,Berle,Lee,Carol,Bill,Dave,Ron,Walter and I enjoyed terrific views of many raptors including a few Osprey and Bald Eagles. We had 3 Bald Eagles pass the count site today,all were juvenile.
Our final totals were:
22-Turkey Vultures
5-Osprey
3-Bald Eagles(10:47am,11:30am,12:38pm)
3-Northern Harriers
46-Sharpshinned Hawks
22-Broadwinged Hawks
2-Redtailed Hawks
19-American Kestrels
2-Merlin
1-Peregrine Falcon

The coming several days the forecast is not very good for raptor movement. None-the-less,we will be present barring bad rains. While north element winds almost guarentee a good day,on south ones a few times,we got surprised with big Sharpshinned Hawk movements...I guess they just dont read the weather reports!

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