October 25 - Look Way Way Up!

To start the day we watched in amazement as at least 20,000 song birds flew overhead in what seemed like one gigantic endless stream.  There were Red-wings, Cowbirds, Grackles, Robins, Waxwings, Bluebirds, Goldfinches and likely others all mixing together as they made their way westward.  Hawk flight today for the most part was very high up and at times lighting made identification difficult.  Best sighting of the day was our first Northern Goshawk of the season.  It came flying by low overhead with several crows in tow.

Turkey Vulture - 40
Northern Harrier - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 43
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Northern Goshawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 89
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 184

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1589
Osprey - 117
Bald Eagle - 100
Northern Harrier - 115
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1529
Cooper's Hawk - 40
Northern Goshawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 10
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 253
Rough-legged Hawk - 8
Golden Eagle - 2
American Kestrel - 470
Merlin - 57
Peregrine Falcon - 50
Total - 4482

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Paul)

Red-tailed Hawk (Ann)
Our latest addition to the fall List is a Bonaparte's Gull which Mark spotted flying low over the lake.  It was mixed in to a very large group of gulls that were hovering over a raft of feeding Mergansers.  A good number of Loons were also sitting close by.  No Monarchs were observed again today but a nice surprise was a late Red Admiral butterfly.

Eastern Phoebe (Lee)

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Lee)

Cedar Waxwing (Lee)

American Robin (Lee)

A big thank you to: Mike 4, Paul, Mark, Bill, Terry, Berle, Norm, John, Betty, Mike 5, Pat & Nancy, Carol, Manny, Cori, Lee, Jean & Ron, Trudy, Ann, and Peter.  Not an easy day!

Some of the gang (Ann)
Tomorrow (Saturday) is going to be wet!  See you Sunday.


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