Hi everyone, It looks as though the start of this year's Raptor Watch is going to be a soggy one. I'll be down at Rosetta when the rain stops and I'll be patiently watching for bird #1.
As most of you know it's going to be painfully slow for the first few weeks. The only hope I have right now for anything flying earlier than normal is due to the fact that we're experiencing much cooler temperatures lately. We'll see what happens.
As in the past, we should see somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15-20 raptors total over the first 15 days. After that we'll see a slow but gradual increase in volume, usually jumping up towards the final days of the month. Over that time we'll see a number of Osprey, Bald Eagles, Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels starting on their journey south. Several of the other raptor species will be seen as well but in much lower numbers.
For the most part I suggest waiting till later in the month when things start to pickup before coming to the park but, if you're in the neighbourhood, don't hesitate to stop in and say hello. The park is full of beautiful flower gardens and there are plenty of benches to sit on and enjoy the day.
Officially the hawk watch season doesn't start till August 15th but we're not official so we start now!