October 11th - The End of the Heat!

Today we had a decent backdrop of cloud, good wind from the south and southeast, and a much cooler temperature for viewing the birds. Many of them flew by high and fast with the tail-wind pushing them along. Low cloud moved in to the area around noon and put an end to the Watch for the day.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 2
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 9
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 6
Merlin - 1
Total - 24

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1381
Osprey - 116
Bald Eagle - 55
Northern Harrier - 153
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1454
Cooper's Hawk - 58
Northern Goshawk - 11
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 757
Red-tailed Hawk - 102
American Kestrel - 599
Merlin - 79
Peregrine Falcon - 30
Total - 4799

Bird of note today were Dark-eyed Juncos. A handful were seen flying around the park. Monarch butterflies were flying overhead sideways and backwards facing in to the wind.

The gang today consisted of: Theresa, Terry 2, Betty, Phil, Peter, and Cori.

Walter

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