August 16th - Only 2 Migrants Today

Unfortunately I had to cut today's Watch at the park off early due to prior commitments. So if anyone was there and saw any raptor movement, please let me know, thanks.

The only birds seen today at the park were the local Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vultures, and a Northern Harrier that flew from the west.

I did however manage to see 2 birds this afternoon flying overhead from the backyard and heading straight towards Rosetta - In the past on the few occassions that I've had to do it, Frank and I had proven that the birds I saw from the yard pass by Rosetta's north end over Kingston Road within 1 to 2 minutes. I live just east of the park along Kingston Road. The highlight was an adult Bald Eagle which flew over quite high up but naked eye I could easily tell what it was, in the binoculars it really looked good! It was a new 'yard' bird for me as well.

Today:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Bald Eagle - 1 (adult, 2:51 PM)
Total: 2

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 2
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 2
Total - 16

31 species of birds were counted early morning at Rosetta today including an American Pipit, a 'lifer' for me. It popped up in a shrub close to the top of the bluffs right in front of me about 15 feet away. It sat for minute pumping it's tail up and down before moving on. Only 4 species of common butterflies were noted.

I thank Terry Whittam for keeping an eye on the sky during his visit to the park today.

Tomorrow's predicted southwest winds are not conducive to good bird movement, especially this early in the migration. I'll be at the park early again tomorrow. See you then!

Walter

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