October 16th - Another Record Falls!

Today was very similar to yesterday weather-wise but a few more sunny breaks and a very slight WNW wind up high probably helped get a lot more birds moving. Today was a banner day for those who are 'Merlin crazy'. With today's 9, that put us at 89 birds, 2 above the old record. There's still time for many more!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 28
Osprey - 1
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 12
American Kestrel - 3
Merlin - 9
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 56

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1416
Osprey - 118
Bald Eagle - 55
Northern Harrier - 156
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1473
Cooper's Hawk - 61
Northern Goshawk - 12
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 757
Red-tailed Hawk - 102
American Kestrel - 604
Merlin - 89
Peregrine Falcon - 35
Total - 4882

Turkey Vulture

Just a few of the Merlins




Red-tailed Hawk (local)

Peregrine Falcon

Today we observed many Common Loons flying south and a real nice surprise was a Wilson's Snipe which flew along just out over the lake at eye level. Bird number 193 for Rosetta McClain Gardens! Only about 10 Monarch butterflies were seen today.

Pretty Kitties


Several folks out enjoying the day: Ann, Theresa, Gunnar, Norm, Irv, Mike 2, Pat, Nancy, Mike, Leslie, Mike 3, Barb, Ken, Tony, Pat 2, Carol, and Felicity. Thanks again everyone for the help!

Walter

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