Another Good Day..193 Raptors...5 Bald Eagles

Today started off with fog at the lake. I arrived to the sound of fog horns from boats. Needless to say things started off slow. Eventually the fog lifted and we saw 193 raptors go by. A local Sharpie kept going back and forth,confusing things abit,but I made my best attempt to make allowances for that. Sharpshins just kept on coming,at one stage we had 6 flying together. Only one Bald Eagle was reasonably close,the rest were quite far off and high. That said they were easily recognizable. Pat,Lee,Mike,Les,Ron,Linda,Betty and Norm enjoyed several birds.Many were quite high,but they passed directly over us so that wasnt so bad. Many low Sharpshinned Hawks and a few Kestrels and Northern Harriers,along with one very low Broadwing were great to see so close.
Todays final total was
Osprey..............................3
Bald Eagle.......................5(juveniles @1120am,1138am,1237pm,adults 1145am,1205pm)
Northern Harrier............4
Sharpshinned Hawk...158
Coopers Hawk.................1
Broadwinged Hawk........4
Redtailed Hawk..............1
American Kestrel..........17
Weather conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday still looks perfect for a big hawk migration. Keep your eyes on the weather for the NW winds all day long. Please note very often in the fall winds go to the NW overnight..in the morning they become whatever they will be for the day. Biggest days will be NW all day long.

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