Sept.13 Another Big Day..340..6 Bald Eagles In One Hour

Watchers Watching(thanks Pat)


Today was another great day. It began with dark clouds,thunder and lightening down around Hamilton but no inclimate weather at Rosetta. All day long conditions changed,from blue blue skies,to overcast with a spit of rain,but the most common was nice cloud cover and blue sky,with what was to be a west and later northwest wind. Many birds were very high,but we did have some that were quite low. Between 12 and 1pm we saw 6 Bald Eagles! Many thanks to Murray for some outstanding spotting of some distant and high birds. While everyone contributed,Murray really stood out today. Once again today we spotted all 11 species which could be reasonably expected to be seen this time of the migration season.
Bald Eagle in the sky(thanks Pat)

Todays total of 340 raptors consisted of
Turkey Vulture..........................5
Osprey........................................3
Bald Eagle..................................7(immatures..additional 530pm Sept 12 from Lee,13th 1235pm,1240pm,1241pm,1245pm,1253pm,Adult..1240pm)
Northern Harrier......................9
Sharpshinned Hawk.............258
Coopers Hawk...........................1
Broadwinged Hawk.................22
Redtailed Hawk........................2
American Kestrel...................29
Merlin.......................................3
Peregrine Falcon......................1
This gives us an incredible year to date total of 2148 raptors!!
Lately at Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch,we have had many new visitors. Its been great that new people have come to see "our" birds,become part of the gang and enjoy the gardens. Today everyone helped to find high birds and during busiest times spot birds in all directions. Thanks to Carol,Theo,Hugh,Bob C,Bob,Ron,Betty,Pat,Nancy,Lee,Cory,Berle,Gunner and Murray and of course Walter who as always was #2 in charge. Thanks to everyone for making first time visitors feel welcome,helping folks to see birds and explaning things to passersby. All of you contribute greatly to the sucess of the watch and help it grow.
Tomorrow,it would appear the winds are now predicted to be West. This could still bring many birds,and may yet be northwest,but expectations for tomorrow must be tempered. Walter and I will be there first thing in the morning to greet the day,the birds and any early rising birders.

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