August 29th - 22 Makes 100 Even!

Today went far better than expected!  With today's count of 22 birds, we've now reached the 100 Bird mark for August.  Best bird of the day was the Bald Eagle, of course.  Many birds, especially the Sharpies and Kestrels flew at a height where they could been easily seen with the naked eye but binocular views brought in the detail.  One Kestrel was carrying and eating a dragonfly as it flew overhead.

Today:
Osprey - 5
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7
Broad-winged Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 5
Total - 22

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 6
Osprey - 17
Bald Eagle - 6
Northern Harrier - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 28
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 7
Red-tailed Hawk - 11
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 13
Merlin - 4
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 100

Eagle Time (EDT):
02:08 PM - BE immature (non-adult)

Here's a couple of quick shots I took of the eagle.


 
Yellow-rumped Warbler was the only new species added to the list today.  Also of note, today I witnessed the first sign of any kind of Monarch migration with one individual flying by fairly high up.  2 more were seen in the main garden area.
 
Peter, Bruce, Richard, Carol, Berle, and Terry were at the Watch today.
 
Tomorrow's predicted SW 10-20 km/h winds may bring more birds along.  Osprey and Peregrine Falcons in particular don't mind that wind direction.  Saturday's predicted NW 20 wind is exactly what we're looking for.
 
Walter
 

3 comments:

Angie in T.O. said...

We were hoping to get over tomorrow, but it looks like it will be Sunday now. Looking forward to seeing everyone, and maybe a few hawks too, but you know me, I'll settle for butterflies! ;)

Walter Fisher said...

Hi Angie, Unfortunately on Sunday I won't be at the park. I have a friend visiting from outta town. I switched him up to Sunday cuz I thought you two were coming tomorrow. Oh well, what can you do! Hope you have fun without me! - LOL!!! Walter

Angie in T.O. said...

What!? We'll see you later today, we just won't be able to stay as long. Should be there around 1'ish.