September 6th - Another Good Day!

The follow-up day to yesterday's big day turned out to be not too shabby, 93 birds in all including an amazing 16 more Osprey. The RMG Raptor Watch's old 'single day' record of 15 Osprey, which held for a couple of years, seems to be easily surpassed lately. This is the 5th time in the past 2 years that we've had 15 or more in a day. Many birds today were seen flying very high up in the sky which made it fun for some watchers but almost impossible for others.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 8
Osprey - 16
Bald Eagle - 3 (juvenile 12:15, 1:00, adult 2:16)
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 37
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 21
Merlin - 1
Total - 93

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 14
Osprey - 35
Bald Eagle - 13
Northern Harrier - 29
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 289
Cooper's Hawk - 10
Broad-winged Hawk - 19
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
American Kestrel - 77
Merlin - 8
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 499

A few Warblers came through the park today including a Chestnut-sided, a Wilson's, and an American Redstart. A Great Blue Heron flew through the centre of the park at tree-top level. Many more Monarch butterflies are being seen now flying up high in the air and also down low through the garden. The Stable Flies were bad this afternoon, long pants are a must!

Today's crew consisted of: Betty, Peter, Berle, Norm, Carol, Pat, Peter 2, Cori, Shirley, Bruce, and first time watchers Doug and Marg. Ann and Lee both helped out by alerting us of birds that they were seeing a little further east in the Kingston Road and Markham Road area. Eventually all birds appeared in the sky over Rosetta. Thanks everyone.

Walter

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