Oct 4...Very Slow Day 14 Raptors

Walter and I had high hopes Monday,especially after we had 2 young Bald Eagles pass by low over the lake by 736am. Undoubtedly that was the birding highlight of the day. We saw only 12 more birds the remainder of the day.
Our final total of 14 was:
Bald Eagle......................3(all juveniles,733am,736am,1238pm)
Northern Harrier.........4
Sharpshinned Hawk....5
Coopers Hawk...............1
American Kestrel.........1
Walter and I hung out until 2pm,mostly to be part of one of the park employees retirement send off. It was Bill Young's final day with the city. Over the years of the Rosetta McClain Raptor Watch,Bill was always very helpful to myself and Walter. His friendly,quiet nature made him an easy guy to get along with. Both staff and park regulars will miss him. Good luck from everyone Bill! Thanks for all your help,end of day chats and for keeping Rosetta beautiful for so many years.
Tuesday looks like it could be a better day. Winds although predicted decent today,just never seemed to materialize over Rosetta McClain Gardens. Of note...Lake Erie Metropark Raptor Watch in Brownstown,Michighan,saw over 41000 Turkey Vultures today!Thursday also looks like its shaping up to be a great day. Hopes are high,lets hope the birds are low!

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