November 2nd - Outlook for Sunday

At the time of writing it looks like we're going to have another bright blue day with zero cloud cover!  Not only that, the winds are forecasted to be from the NNE and NE which means the birds will likely be high up!  Ouch!  Don't forget your binoculars and scopes.

Walter

October 30th - Fall Gardening Day!

With light wind from the wrong direction I'll be absent from the Watch today.  I'm going to stay home and do some much needed yard work.  If you are at the park and you see any birds, please let me know as soon as possible.  Thanks!

Walter

October 29th - 5 Hours, 4 Birds!

Sorry for the late posting, I accidently saved the post as a draft copy last night!

Today was a fair bit different from yesterday.  We tried and tried to find birds up in the blue but no luck today.  Our highlight of the day was another Northern Goshawk which passed by just out over the shoreline.

Today:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Northern Goshawk - 1
Merlin - 1
Total - 4

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1657
Osprey - 117
Bald Eagle - 102
Northern Harrier - 118
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1569
Cooper's Hawk - 42
Northern Goshawk - 6
Red-shouldered Hawk - 13
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 517
Rough-legged Hawk - 11
Golden Eagle - 2
American Kestrel - 470
Merlin - 59
Peregrine Falcon - 51
Total - 4873

We now need just 183 birds to reach 50000 Birds Counted.

Today we added 1 Loon to our count.  Three other great sightings were a Field Sparrow, a Snow Bunting which landed on the path in front of us, and also a Glaucous Gull which flew by not too far out over the bluffs heading east.  It was quickly ID'ed by Ron Pittaway and Bruce Falls.

Field Sparrow (Walter)

Cabbage White (Walter)
 
Thanks everyone for another excellent time at the park.

Walter

October 28th - Red-tailed Hawks!

Wow, what a day for Red-tails!  I didn't know it at the time but today's count of 261 is actually our 2nd highest single day count for this species.  If only we had clouds during the afternoon!!!  Today we had an escaped Peregrine Falcon fly overhead.  It still had a jess strapped to one of it's legs.  One of today's great sightings was two Rough-legged Hawks flying along together up high.  One was a light morph and the other was a dark morph.  Very cool!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 68
Bald Eagle - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 17
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 261
Rough-legged Hawk - 2
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 357

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1657
Osprey - 117
Bald Eagle - 102
Northern Harrier - 118
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1567
Cooper's Hawk - 42
Northern Goshawk - 5
Red-shouldered Hawk - 13
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 517
Rough-legged Hawk - 11
Golden Eagle - 2
American Kestrel - 470
Merlin - 58
Peregrine Falcon - 51
Total - 4869

Eagle Time (EDT):
11:40 AM - BE
12:56 PM - BE

Here's today's gallery...

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike D)
 
Red-tailed Hawk with a Sharp-shinned Hawk (Ann)
 
Red-shouldered Hawk (top) mixed in with Red-tailed Hawks (Mike D)
 
Red-shouldered Hawk (left) mixed in with Red-tailed Hawks (Ann)
 
Northern Goshawk (Mike D)
 
Red-shouldered Hawk (Ann)
 
Turkey Vulture (Mike D)
 
An escaped Peregrine Falcon (Ann)
 
This morning started out with another huge movement of passerines.  Twelve more Loons were added to the count and a 'white' Snow Goose was seen flying up high with a flock of Canada Geese.  Four late moving Monarchs were counted as well as 2 Cabbage Whites and a Clouded Sulphur.

Snow Goose mixed in with Canada Geese (Mike D)
 
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Mike D)

A late Monarch (Walter)
 
Clouded Sulphur (Paul)
 
Red Fox (Walter)
 
Ann doing some much needed Watch cleanup (Walter)
 
Again, I'd like to thank everyone for their help in finding all the high fliers today.  What a day of searching the skies!

Walter

October 27th - Low Rough-legged Hawk!

Today was another head scratcher as we stood and wondered where the birds were.  Given all the reports I received in the afternoon it sure sounds like many of them flew to the north of us and missed Rosetta completely.  On a happier note, we did get a nice low fly-over of a Rough-legged Hawk.  That's something I don't remember ever seeing at the Watch before.  Also, out over the lake we had another Northern Goshawk fly by.  Speaking of Goshawks, I added one to the Oct 25th count after lots of reviewing of a photo that was taken of it.  This gives us 4 for the season!

Today:
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 21
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Total - 29

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1589
Osprey - 117
Bald Eagle - 100
Northern Harrier - 118
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1550
Cooper's Hawk - 41
Northern Goshawk - 4
Red-shouldered Hawk - 10
Broad-winged Hawk - 139
Red-tailed Hawk - 256
Rough-legged Hawk - 9
Golden Eagle - 2
American Kestrel - 470
Merlin - 57
Peregrine Falcon - 50
Total - 4512

Rough-legged Hawk (Mike P)

Red-tailed Hawk and Crow (Paul)

Eight more Loons were observed today as well as a Northern Shrike which flew over the park.

Northern Shrike (Ann)

I'd like to thank everyone who visited the Watch today for all the help in spotting and identifying of the hawks.  Twas another one of those day, not easy!

We are now only 544 birds away from the magic mark of '50,000 Raptors Counted'.  I can clearly remember last fall how happy and proud Frank spoke when he realized that his dream was now going to become a reality.  I look forward to checking that bird off when it flies by.  What an amazing number!

It's likely that the foundation for Frank's bench will be poured tomorrow.  I'll keep you updated.

At the time of writing wunderground.com is predicting "Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 10C. Breezy. Winds from the North at 15 to 30 km/h." for tomorrow.  The weather network is predicting similar with wind gusts up to 38 km/h.  See you at the park.

Walter