October 27th - Red October

The skies over Rosetta turned 'red' again this afternoon as we observed lots of high-flying Red-tailed Hawks pass over the park. Unfortunately most birds today appeared as black pepper specks up against a gray sky making spotting and ID'ing fairly difficult. I'd like to thank everyone for their help once again today.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 2 (juvenile 1:00, 2:30)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 202
Rough-legged Hawk - 2
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 216

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1848
Osprey - 125
Bald Eagle - 63
Northern Harrier - 186
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1723
Cooper's Hawk - 82
Northern Goshawk - 16
Red-shouldered Hawk - 19
Broad-winged Hawk - 757
Red-tailed Hawk - 455
Rough-legged Hawk - 3
Golden Eagle - 2
American Kestrel - 620
Merlin - 128
Peregrine Falcon - 44
Total - 6071

Rough-legged Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

Cooper's Hawk

Those who hung in today were rewarded with a Short-eared Owl which flew overhead heading west and a Northern Shrike which landed in the big Maple for a brief rest before moving on.

Short-eared Owl


Northern Shrike

Thermals?

Watching Red-tails passing over the north end.

Many Hawk watchers including: Peter, Lorne, Terry 2, Tom, Betty, Ron, Berle, Theresa, Ann, Phil, Gunnar, Pat & Nancy, Tony, Bruce Falls, and we welcomed Brian to the Watch today.

Walter

3 comments:

Angie in TO said...

We're hoping to get down next week when on vacation, been following all the posts.

BIGFRANK said...

I couldnt get down,but was there in spirit. Spent the day at Kortright,just behind the barn,where there is a wide open vista and I was interested to see how many raptors passed by on a good wind day. I wasnt disappointed as I saw 190 raptors
20-TV
2-NH
1-BE
4-SS
1-CH
3-RS
151-RT
3-RL
5-GE
Most birds were high,some were quite distant. Alot were high but overhead. Some were within camera range. Including 2 of the GEs and an RS.
Glad Rosetta had another good day!! Next good north wind should bring many birds!

BIGFRANK said...

ok so some things never change..it was 189 not 190.