September 26th - Strong East Wind Today

My thanks to Theresa and Terry 2 for staying and counting raptors this afternoon after I had left at 11:30 AM. Again today we had fairly strong wind from the east so many of the birds seen were moving through a little faster than normal.

Today:
Osprey - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 19
American Kestrel - 7
Merlin - 1
Total - 28

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 72
Osprey - 70
Bald Eagle - 27
Northern Harrier - 75
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1032
Cooper's Hawk - 24
Northern Goshawk - 2
Broad-winged Hawk - 742
Red-tailed Hawk - 12
American Kestrel - 274
Merlin - 50
Peregrine Falcon - 9
Total - 2389

Today we had another Cackling Goose mixed in with a small flock of Canada Geese. 5000+ Blue Jays moving through. Many Monarch butterflies also fluttering by today.

Strange sighting of the day was a very bright yellow bird mixed in with a flock of Blue Jays that flew right overhead. The unID'd bird was smaller than a Jay but bigger than a Goldfinch or any of the Warbler species. Also, it had a very long narrow tail. My best guess would be a Budgie (Budgerigar).

Attendees today included: Pat, Terry 2, Theresa, Berle, Betty, and Peter.

Walter

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