74 Birds...2974 Raptors

Today was reasonable, given the wind strength. As I had said in the previous post, the winds werent very strong, so its very likely many birds were north of us. Blue skies early in the day made spotting difficult too. While some birds were high a good assortment were very low. Most of the photogenic birds were local birds. Paul Reeves has sent along a local juvenile Coopers Hawk in a tree just behind us.
This is an adult Coopers Hawk which went by also submitted by Paul.
A local Turkey Vulture went by low and close. Paul offered this great shot of it.
The local juvenile Redtailed Hawk made an appearance today too. Thanks again Paul.
Lastly a Peregrine Falcon shot from Paul which circled several times before moving on.

In the end we saw a total of 74 birds:
16-Turkey Vultures
1-Bald Eagle(2:30pm)
3-Northern Harriers
46-Sharpshinned Hawks
2-Coopers Hawks
4-American Kestrels
2-Peregrine Falcons
74-Total Raptors
 Thanks to Paul, Betty, Lee, Carol, John, Arvo, Terry 2, oh ya :-) Berle and Phil for giving Walter and I a hand today.
Winds are light Saturday, but are from a decent direction. Sundays predicted winds are from the NE 15, which will likely mean a good number of birds but most will probably be high.  Monday with predicted winds from the west at a reasonsonable clip, may be NW in the end and bring another big Oct 1. Thursday Oct 4 has the most potential if nothing changes. Keep your eyes on the weather if you want to give yourself the best chances of seeing the most birds. I offer this information, knowing full well its subject to change up to even the hours before you are leaving your homes.

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