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October 2nd - Another 147 Birds!

Not the best conditions once again today but the birds came by at a fairly steady pace which kept the spotters busy.  A real nice highlight was when Ann, who was walking around looking for songbirds, stumbled upon a young Peregrine Falcon feeding on a Pigeon up in a tree in a neighbouring yard.  We quickly determined that the bird was a migrating northern bird.  The lack of any bands on the legs was a good clue that it wasn't a 'local'.  In the photo below you'll see that the Pigeon that the Peregrine is feeding on has got a red leg band.  It's likely a 'racing' bird.

Turkey Vulture - 90
Osprey - 2
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 25
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
American Kestrel - 17
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 147

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 667
Osprey - 110
Bald Eagle - 93
Northern Harrier - 71
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1236
Cooper's Hawk - 23
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 67
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 448
Merlin - 35
Peregrine Falcon - 23
Total - 2912

Eagle Time (EDT):
12:19 PM - BE immature (non-adult)
12:38 PM - BE immature (non-adult)

Here are a few of Ann's photos from today...

Red-tailed Hawk
A very successful young Peregrine Falcon
We counted 1 Loon flying overhead as well as another 93 Monarchs (Butterhawks).

Kris, Bill, Betty, Arvo, Terry, Manny, Ann, Cori, Berle, Peter, Carol, and a few others did another fabulous job finding birds up in the blue.  Thanks!

Note: The section entitled Current Count which appeared in the left-hand column of the blog has been removed as it had stopped updating for some reason.


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