September 30th - A Nice End To The Month

Once again the weather people were not exactly correct with their prediction for the day. It turned out to be a beautiful ever-changing kind-a day. The birds were slow to come at first but really picked during the afternoon as the wind changed direction.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 31
Osprey - 18
Bald Eagle - 1 (juvenile 2:10)
Northern Harrier - 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 23
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 11
Peregrine Falcon - 7
Total - 104

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 122
Osprey - 92
Bald Eagle - 28
Northern Harrier - 85
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1103
Cooper's Hawk - 28
Northern Goshawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 742
Red-tailed Hawk - 14
American Kestrel - 298
Merlin - 56
Peregrine Falcon - 16
Total - 2588

The best non-raptors of the day were 2 shorebirds flying west out over the lake. My best guess would be Greater Yellowlegs but we'll never know for sure.

Hawk watchers today included: Theresa, Terry 2, Gunnar, Pat, Lee, Betty, and Ron & Jean.

The next few days are still looking excellent for large movements of raptors. Please join us as many birds should be flying passed quite low and easy to see.

Walter

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