August 28th - The Sharpies Are Coming!

With today's massive hurricane (Irene) driving it's way up the east coast, it brought favourable winds from the north to our area. As I arrived this morning at 7:30 AM and just finished setting up, I looked up to see an Osprey rising up above the bluffs out in front of me. Not a bad way to start off the day. With today's birds we've nearly doubled our numbers for the month making the count a little more respectable.

Today:
Osprey - 4
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 19
American Kestrel - 6
Total - 32

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 8
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 26
Broad-winged Hawk - 7
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 11
Merlin - 1
Total - 67

One of the 4 Osprey seen today.


Other birds of note today were Common Loon, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Black-and-White Warbler.

Great Crested Flycatcher


Black-throated Green Warbler


Black-and-White Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


I'd like to thank Ann for the wonderful images that she captured today.

Our group of watchers today consisted of: Lorne, Mike #2, Ann, Carol, Colin, Marguerite, Pat, Nancy, Lee, Mike #3, and Berle. Thanks all for your help.

Tomorrow's (Monday) predicted NW 15kph winds might bring a few more birds by our way. Hope to see you at the park.

Walter

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