8 Raptors Today...Our First Bald Eagle Of The Season!!
Walter and I were joined by Ron, Carol, Phil#1, Lorne, Terry2 and Betty among our regulars and 2 folks, one who was a first time visitor. Paul brought a friend of his Phil #2. Phil#2, to our honour has been following the Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch from his adopted home in Austria. He was quite happy when a low Northern Harrier came past and he promised future visits and to continue to monitor things from home. Ron and he had been at university at the same time and knew one another those MANY years ago.(small world)
We had our first Bald Eagle of the season fly by today!! Walter spotted it very high up. It flew by slowly and almost right over us, so at least everyone there at the time got to see it. It was a first year bird(juvenile for my purposes..some call it a hatch year bird). It was 11:35am when it went through.
Our final total was:
1-Bald Eagle juvenile 11:35am
1-Coopers Hawk(2 others were seen very high and interacting. We concluded they were local)
We continue to see many migrating Cedar Waxwings and in the last 2 days a number of Red-breasted Nuthatches. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds continue to migrate in small numbers but that will increase. A Blackburnian Warbler and several Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos were seen.
Right now the weather forecast doesnt look terribly promising through Sunday, but as is usual the forecast changes about every hour, so keep an eye on it.
Posted on 8/20/2012 05:30:00 pm