8 Raptors Today...Our First Bald Eagle Of The Season!!

Today started off beautifully. The temperature was cool and the winds were right for a few birds to go by. Prior to Walter's arrival I had an American Kestrel migrate past and a (for now at least) local Merlin which perched atop a tree briefly, before carrying on with a hunt.
(I am experimenting with a new camera and conditions were less than optimal)

     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
2-Northern Harriers
1-Coopers Hawk(2 others were seen very high and interacting. We concluded they were local)
2-American Kestrels
1-Redtailed Hawk
8-Total Raptors

     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.



Paul Connelly said...

Just when Phil and I were leaving (around 11:10), he was joking he didn't want to go since the bald eagles were waiting for that before they showed up. I laughed at the time, but what did I know?

BIGFRANK said...

Its always the way Paul. We call it making the sacrifice. Someone hates to leave and jokes they'll make the sacrifice so everyone else can see something good. It was great to meet you and Phil and we hope to see you both on a busier day.