Great Day Count and 25,000th Raptor Counted Since Inception


Today as expected was a great day. Winds were strong west,often with a north element in it. The gang had fantastic close views of most of the birds counted today. We added 9 more Osprey and had a great total of 10 Merlin. One near the end of the day counter attacked a murder of American Crows. Ann got fantastic photos of one of the Merlins.

We had a good number of American Kestrels and Northern Harriers including one male which Ann photographed.





Everyone was thrilled with the great views.



Berle,Betty,Pat,Nancy,Cory,Shirley,Ron,Peter,Carol,Ann,Jen,James,Walter and I all had a part in surpassing 25000 raptors counted since the Rosetta McClain Raptor Watch started in 2004.
At 1:37pm a Sharpshinned Hawk became the 25000th raptor observed from Rosetta McClain Gardens. We celebrated with a group photo of those remaining at the time. Thanks to everyone involved over the years for their contributions to the count and welcoming new watchers.
Local Coopers Hawk


Todays count of 135 raptors included:
Turkey Vulture................1
Osprey..............................9
Northern Harrier...........11
Sharpshinned Hawk......71
American Kestrel...........31
Merlin.............................10
Peregrine Falcon.............2
Conditions for tomorrow look excellent,for another high count day. Year to date count is 523 raptors. Thanks to Jen Howard for the group photo.

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