September 19th - A Short Day Today

Not too much happening today with southeast wind blowing in the morning and rain during the afternoon. Our biggest excitement came while we were watching a local Red-tailed Hawk dive out of the sky from the east side of the park and attempt to remove a squirrel off the trunk of the big maple tree just behind us. With wings up and talons down, it came through the 'gap' and right along the top of the bluffs passing by us at near full speed less than 5 feet away. Luckily for the squirrel the hawk pulled out at the last moment. It's never a dull day at the Raptor Watch!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 9

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 31
Osprey - 58
Bald Eagle - 26
Northern Harrier - 61
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 764
Cooper's Hawk - 14
Northern Goshawk - 2
Broad-winged Hawk - 742
Red-tailed Hawk - 9
American Kestrel - 213
Merlin - 41
Peregrine Falcon - 7
Total - 1968

Blue Jays were migrating through in better numbers today.

Today's gang was: Lee, Pat, Nancy, Terry 2, BIGFRANK, Carol, Rodger, Jane, Betty, and we welcomed Brenda to our Watch.

Walter

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