Aug 16th 3 Peregrines Plus Shots From Weekend Road Trips

Today,Walter,Carol,Pat,Nancy,Betty and I gathered to try our luck for more early migrating birds of prey. We were rewarded with a few Peregrine Falcons. The first circled over the lake before continuing onward. The next flew through the middle of the park,transferring food from its talons to its beak as it flew. A juvenile,Sharpshinned Hawk took a run at a Squirrel,not far from where Walter and I were watching from. It dove right infront of us and narrowly missed the squirrel. That is very ambitious for a Sharpie,but being young it just doesnt know that. A Northern Harrier flew along the shoreline below us later. A few American Kestrels flew by today also.
The final tally for Monday was 9:
American Kestrel..........3
Peregrine Falcon..........3
Sharpshinned Hawk....1
Northern Harrier.........1
Turkey Vulture............1
This brings our season total at the midpoint of August to an average August count of 24. Things should pick up abit over the next 2 weeks,leading up to September and the big days we so look forward to.
Over the weekend,Ann and I bopped around the edges of Toronto and viewed and photographed some co-operative raptors.
This young female American Kestrel sat nicely for us.

We drove along a small country highway and spotted this juvenile Turkey Vulture at the roadside. It was the first juvenile Turkey Vulture Ive taken a shot of.

Lastly this beautiful young Osprey at its nest,hoping an adult will come and feed it to save it the effort of hunting. We should start to observe a few migrating Osprey soon,as they leave early.
We can hardly wait for things to really get started up.

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