October 11th - A Long Day Watching Raptors!

Sadly, there were just 3 countable raptors over the 5 hour period we were at the park.  I can confidently say that it wasn't for lack of trying as we had lots of eyes on the skies today!

Today:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 1
Total - 3

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1107
Osprey - 113
Bald Eagle - 93
Northern Harrier - 86
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1277
Cooper's Hawk - 28
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 3
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 80
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 458
Merlin - 47
Peregrine Falcon - 30
Total - 3461

A couple of photos courtesy of Ann...

local Red-tailed Hawk

Merlin
 
Monarch migration appears to be slowing down somewhat with only 11 counted today.

Congratulations Ann on a new 'Lifer'...

Winter Wren

On-hand today were: Mike 3, Arvo, Sheldon, Pat & Nancy, Bruce, Tony, Effie, Ron, Jean, Berle, Carol, Tim, Julie, Lynn, and Ann.

I personally had much better luck watching these Raptors...


The final score was: Raptors 100 - Knicks 91

Tomorrow (Saturday) I will not be present at the park.  Likely the East wind will not bring much our way.

Walter

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do we really have wrens that winter here? I love wrens and thoroughly enjoyed the wren family we watched in the new wren house I put up this year. They were getting set for a second family in an older bird house when the house was knocked to the ground one night. I never saw them in our back yard again. I would put the wren house back up if I thought there would be winter wrens around. ----- Bonnie