Sept 4 Busy Morning 36 Raptors ...YTD 335


2 Sharpshinned Hawks Courtesy Ann Brokelman

Today there was a light NW wind early,later appearing to come from the WNW. Morning was very steady,by noon we had seen 30 birds of prey. Most of the birds were Sharpshinned Hawks,several interacted with each other. At 10:47am we had a 3rd year Bald Eagle circle for several minutes. It was enjoyed by everyone gathered,particularily Lee. Walter and I saw a Merlin speed through the middle of the park. Often one indication U saw a Merlin is that U tell everyone else "that was a Merlin" as it goes by so fast that most dont see it. Other then 5 distant Turkey Vultures and a Northern Harrier,everything else was reasonably close.By days end we had seen:

5-Turkey Vultures
3-Osprey
1-Bald Eagle
5-Northern Harriers
15-Sharpshinned Hawks
1-Coopers Hawk
4-American Kestrels
1-Merlin
1-Peregrine Falcon
Non-raptors included a Great Egret,Red-eyed Vireo and a Common Nighthawk. Thanks to Walter,Berle,Dave,Colin,Marguarite,Ann and Carol for an enjoyable day. Tomorrow morning winds will be okay,but I dont expect alot of raptors. The Canadian International Airshow goes tomorrow,which often disturbs a good flight of raptors. With luck we will see several of the planes.

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