We made it over 7000 raptors!! What a milestone! Id never have believed that back in 2004 when I started counting part time that we could ever see 7000 raptors in a season. We arent done yet! The sky was very tough today, especially when combined with high birds. Winds didnt seem as strong as forecast so things were slow during several periods. Flurries of streaming Redtails were a feature of today. As yet no photos...and I havent had time to process mine. Below find Walters report:
Here's today's birds...
Bald Eagle - 2 (juv. 11:30) (juv. 1:30)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Northern Goshawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 8
Red-tailed Hawk - 133
American Kestrel - 1
Total - 152
Only 4 more Red-tails are needed to break our 'Year' record of 858.
Also seen today Common Ravens - 3
White-winged Crossbills(landed briefly)
This is my photo of a female White-winged Crossbill that landed briefly in the park today. The male was not in as obvious a spot and flew before I could get a photo of him.
Eso, Ann, Mark, Mike 4, Mike 2, Effi, Bruce Falls, Murray, Gunnar, Lee, Carol, Patty, Brad & Pam, Bill 2, Denny & Kate, Pat & Nancy, Ron, Mike & Leslie, Bruce 4, Theresa, Margaret, Bonnie, Berle, Nellie & Ceana, Cori, Donna, Hugh, Phil, plus several others whos names have escaped me...my apologies.
Tomorrow, winds continue from the north, but may be abit light for a large movement of raptors. Right now Thursday and Friday look excellent for big days. This time of year keep in mind that "big" is relative. The only "impact" bird to day counts will be Redtailed Hawks. A smattering of Roughlegs, Redshoulders, Goshawks and eagles of either species will keep things extra exciting. Its very cold now on the best days. From personal experience..dress very very warm, being cold and trying to raptor watch is no fun! As of Tuesday, bathrooms are closed for the season. They are closed SUNDAY.