November 30th - One Final Bird!

Actually it was from yesterday, I just forgot to report it!  It was everybody's favourite little Accipiter, a Sharpie!

Today, I ventured down to the park one last time knowing that there would probably be no migrating hawks and likely no visitors.  I did however meet up with Betty who also was at the park just because it was the last day and we walked over to check out the new bench.  We didn't last long at the park though as the air was cold and damp.

Final Count:
Turkey Vulture - 1665 (3rd highest count!)
Osprey - 117 (3rd highest count!)
Bald Eagle - 109 (new record!)
Northern Harrier - 141
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1610
Cooper's Hawk - 53
Northern Goshawk - 6
Red-shouldered Hawk - 26
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 645
Rough-legged Hawk - 15
Golden Eagle - 7
American Kestrel - 470
Merlin - 64
Peregrine Falcon - 56
Gyrfalcon - 1 (first ever!)
Total - 5124

Records:
The Bald Eagle count of 109 beat our previous record by 36 birds!  The date of September 16th will not soon be forgotten by those who were present as we watched in amazement as 27 Baldies flew over Rosetta.  And quietly we tallied up an impressive 85 Bald Eagles in the month of September.  I guess we could also add 1 Gyrfalcon as a record as we've never counted one before.

Walter

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