As at Oct 18th, we are doing very well. Our total of 6052 is close to 1000 birds ahead of last season at the same time, when we hit just over 5000 raptors. Last season was a record count of 6626. With a few decent counts between now and the end of November we should achieve a new season high! Dare we dream of 7000+??
Thus far we have seen:
2130-Turkey Vultures(already a new high)
98-Peregrine Falcons(already a new season high)
Last year into next week, we had a few good days. There is at least one good looking day on the horizon, so we are hopeful of a big day then(Wednesday as at right now). There are still many Turkey Vultures and Redtailed Hawks left to come, the only species that will really keep the count climbing at this point. There should be small numbers of Goshawks, Roughlegged Hawks, Redshouldered Hawks and Golden Eagles left to come. Some species like Sharpshinned Hawks, Coopers Hawks, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers and Merlins will be seen in declining numbers the rest of the way. Most or all of the Osprey, Broadwinged Hawks, American Kestrels and Peregrine Falcons should be gone now, so sightings of these species will be sparse to non-existant, but the beauty of birding is you just never know what we might see.