October 2nd - Lots O' Rain Today

BIGFRANK arrived early again today and had another list of birds ready by the time I got there. As the rain came and went we waited under the tall Spruces enjoying a good chat with others, downing coffee after coffee, and munching on cookies & donuts. Many thanks again to those kind folks who contribute to the Watch with food and drink, it's very much appreciated.

Peter was at the park late in the afternoon and added 8 more birds to the count including an Osprey and 3 more Eagles. One of the Eagles he saw actually landed in the Poplar tree on the bluffs. That must have been amazing to see.

Today:
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 4 (adult 3:28, juvenile 7:52, 3:48, 4:45)
Northern Harrier - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 10
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 26
Merlin - 2
Total - 52

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 896
Osprey - 104
Bald Eagle - 43
Northern Harrier - 139
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1257
Cooper's Hawk - 42
Northern Goshawk - 5
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 748
Red-tailed Hawk - 62
American Kestrel - 557
Merlin - 69
Peregrine Falcon - 19
Total - 3945

Lots of Warblers, Thrushes, Golden-crowned Kinglets, and White-throated Sparrows around the park this morning. Several small flocks of Pine Siskins were observed flying by in both directions. One flock was unsuccessfully attacked by a passing Merlin.

A few brave souls came out today including: BIGFRANK, Bob, Lorne, Gunnar, Mike 2, Pat, Nancy, Ron, and then Peter later in the day.

Walter

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