October 20th - Three more Baldies!

Wow, great day!  Not a lot of birds but various events kept things interesting throughout.  Of course the large group of watchers that gathered today didn't hurt either.  Thankyou to Ron and Murray for coordinating a Timbit run.  The wind was blowing good from the west, cloud cover was excellent, and most birds were seen well (check photos below).  Our first eagle of the day was spotted quite far away in the gap and it wasn't until it got pretty much right over the watch site that we could ID it with certainty.  Another hawk flew right over top of us fairly high up but unfortunately has not been ID'ed as yet.  Thankyou Paul for the photo.  We also had a Sharpie fly in from the lake side and head right toward an unsuspecting Downy Woodpecker that was feeding in the Crab Apple tree in front of us.  Another nice moment came when I spotted a Peregrine Falcon flying in over the gap and because of the lighting conditions at the time I could clearly see it's face even from that distance away.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 91
Bald Eagle - 3
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 24
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 9
American Kestrel - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 131

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1441
Osprey - 117
Bald Eagle - 98
Northern Harrier - 89
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1362
Cooper's Hawk - 33
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 6
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 126
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 464
Merlin - 51
Peregrine Falcon - 40
Total - 3967

Eagle Time (EDT):
12:33 PM - BE
01:35 PM - BE
01:50 PM - BE

These shots are courtesy of Lee...

Northern Harrier

An adult Sharpie

A sub-adult Bald Eagle

A local Red-tailed Hawk

And these are courtesy of Paul...

The 'unidentified' Buteo is a light Red-tailed Hawk

A Sharpie locked on a Downy Woodpecker

A Red-tailed Hawk
(I love everything about this shot!)

This is a photo that I took...

The first eagle of the day


Only 14 Monarch butterflies were counted today and only 1 lonely Loon was seen.

At least 26 watchers on-site today.  Even Lee was able to spend the better part of the day with us.  I would like to thank you all for a wonderful day.

Walter

1 comment:

Ann Brokelman said...

Some great photos and sounds like a great day at the park.