September 4th - More Balloons Than Birds!

Early this morning Pat, Nancy, and myself watched as 39 balloons in 2 big bunches floated above us up high heading out over the lake. I wondered then if we'd see that many birds. Unfortunately it didn't happen, the winds just weren't right for a good flight of raptors today.

Today:
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 14
Merlin - 2
Total - 17

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 6
Osprey - 11
Bald Eagle - 4
Northern Harrier - 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 91
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Broad-winged Hawk - 11
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 15
Merlin - 6
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 166

Again today there were very few creatures and critters moving about the park. The best non-raptor sighting was a Common Buckeye butterfly - a very beautifully marked butterfly for those lucky enough to ever see one.

Pat, Nancy, and Peter were on hand for some of the fun today.

Walter

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