August 31st - Month's End Roundup

Well our first month of the 2013 season is now officially over.  We finished up with 116 Raptors counted - not our best August but also not our worst.  The first 2 weeks of the month were unusually chilly with a few good NW wind days and the last 2 saw the return of the heat and humidity with little air movement.  Hopefully over the next couple of weeks we'll start to see the migration really pick up as Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels should be on the move in great numbers.

Today:
Osprey - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 6

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 6
Osprey - 22
Bald Eagle - 6
Northern Harrier - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 34
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 - 16
Merlin - 5
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 116

In other news, today we had our first of many Common Loons fly over the park.

To Date:
Bird Species - 59 (0 new to RMG)
Butterfly Species - 22 (3 new to RMG)
Mammal Species - 6 (1 new to RMG)

Two mammals not seen as yet by our group but reported by others are White-tailed Deer and Red Fox.  One of our keen spotters should find them roaming the park before too long.

My thanks to everyone for their friendship and help during the 'Always Hard To Get Thru' first month of the season.  It's been wonderful to see so many returning faces and to meet so many new ones over the past 4 weeks.  Once things really start to pick up we should have another good solid group of watchers and photographers on-hand to spot each and every hawk that tries to sneak by us!

Tomorrow (Sunday) yours truly will not be present at the Watch.  Please let John or myself know if you see any migrating hawks.  Happy Hunting!

Walter

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