August 1st - A Beautiful Opening Day!

Well, today went pretty much as expected...no countable raptors!  But what a beautiful day to be out enjoying the park, the sun and a nice cool breeze off the lake.  I think this might have actually been the best opening day to the Hawk Watch that I've ever experienced.  Even with the big puffy white clouds overhead there was still lots of sunshine and like always the little Maple tree was there as my protection from getting too burnt.

The only raptor that was seen was a 'local' Red-tailed Hawk.  It soared over the park from west to east and was searching for it's lunch.

The following is a report of what was seen today:

TIME:
10:00AM - 2:00PM

BIRDS:
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk (local bird)
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin
Bank Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

BUTTERFLIES:
Silver-spotted Skipper
Northern Broken-Dash
Black Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Monarch

MAMMALS:
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Cottontail

Over the course of the next four months I'll be keeping a running list on my computer of what is seen at the park for the above BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES and MAMMALS and I'll report anything of interest in the daily postings.  Of course, anything else that we can identify will be listed as well.

Walter

4 comments:

Angie in T.O. said...

Looking forward to getting over there for a visit!

Business Cents said...

Thank you sincerely Walter for continuing with the Rosetta McClain Irregulars.

Walter Fisher said...

The Rosetta Gang is also looking forward to seeing you and Rob at the park in the not too distant future. Please let there be zero road construction on that day!

Walter Fisher said...

It's my great pleasure to be conducting this year's Watch. Let's hope the birds feel the same way and put on a spectacular show for us all.