August 31st - We've Done It, 100+ Birds!

As the hot, humid, no wind, no bird days came and went I was really starting to doubt that we would get to the '100 bird' plateau this month. Well, we did it on the very last day! Excellent work spotting birds everyone!

The highlights today came in the late afternoon when Lee and Gord saw an adult Bald Eagle fly by at 5:32 PM and then 20 minutes later a juvenile Bald Eagle flew by. Also during their time at the Watch Lee and Gord saw a Northern Harrier fly passed. Looks like we're going to have to stay much longer at the park from now on.

Today:
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 2 (adult 5:32, juvenile 5:52)
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 12
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 1
Total - 18

Extras (not counted previously):
Turkey Vulture - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 2
Total - 6

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 6
Osprey - 9
Bald Eagle - 4
Northern Harrier - 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 43
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Broad-winged Hawk - 11
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 13
Merlin - 4
Total - 107

Other birds of note today include: 3 Whimbrel flying together out over the lake heading eastward, a Killdeer which flew right over our heads and a couple of Common Loons heading due south. A Black Swallowtail butterfly, a Clouded Sulphur butterfly, and a 'fresh' female Fiery Skipper were also seen today.

Many thanks to Pat, Nancy, Betty, Peter, Lee, and Gord for all the help today. Also of note, our friend from last year's Watch, Norm, popped in to say "Hi" and see if we were conducting a count this year.

Walter

1 comment:

Three Star Pet Sitting Services said...

The moral to the story is bring your camera/binoculars even when you think you won't see anything. Lesson learned by both Gord and I!

Lee