October 14th - Lots O' Vultures!

Today was not quite as good as we had expected but in the end 321 birds was a decent number.  With light wind a lot of the flight path was to the north of the park over Kingston Road and beyond.  This made identification tough at times.  I'd like to thank everyone for their help and great friendship today.  In all it was just a wonderful way to spend the holiday.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 233
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 38
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 34
American Kestrel - 3
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 4
Total - 321

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1340
Osprey - 114
Bald Eagle - 95
Northern Harrier - 87
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1316
Cooper's Hawk - 31
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 115
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 462
Merlin - 48
Peregrine Falcon - 34
Total - 3785

Eagle Time (EDT):
12:24 PM - BE
02:07 PM - BE

At 11:46 AM we had a UFE (unidentified flying eagle) over the center of the park, I'm now waiting for a photo to confirm it's identity.  Stay posted.

Today we counted 264 Loons, 250 of them were sitting out on the lake.  Anthony found them in his scope and was kind enough to count them.  Another 48 Monarchs were observed today headin' south.  Other great sightings today included: a Raven, Horned Larks, Eastern Bluebirds, and a Red-tailed Hawk who I think was helping a Black Squirrel move further along the Bluffs.  He sure was holdin' him tight in his talons so he wouldn't fall!

So many great folks came by today including: Manny, Lorne, Mike 4, Cori, Terry, Ann & her mom, Sonja, Kris, Ron & Jean, Pat & Nancy, John, Berle, Mark, Mike 3, Allison, Betty & her friend Bob, Bruce, Hugh, Peter, Julie, Patti, Margaret, and our new friend Helena.  Again, thank you everyone!

Tomorrow's wind is not looking great but, who knows.

Walter

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