Aug 28th - Record Broken!

As I had mentioned in yesterday's post, we normally see just over 100 birds in the month of August each year.  This year we're only 7 birds away from hitting the 300 mark - amazing!  With yesterday's large movement of raptors, it wasn't surprising that there weren't quite as many today.  Simply put, we just ran out of birds that were waiting for favourable winds.  It happens.

Today:
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 16
Broad-winged Hawk - 13
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
American Kestrel - 9
Merlin - 2
Total - 50

To Date:
Osprey - 33
Bald Eagle - 11
Northern Harrier - 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 65
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Broad-winged Hawk - 81
Red-tailed Hawk - 12
American Kestrel - 61
Merlin - 10
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 293

Eagle Time (EDT):
10:55 AM - BE (adult)
12:40 PM - BE (adult)

Terry started his Monarch Monitoring program today.  He was able to catch and tag a pair of Monarch butterflies.  Hopefully some day in the spring of 2015 we'll learn that one of his butterflies completed it's journey to Mexico and back up to the southern US.

Thanks to everyone who came to the Watch today for all your help.  Couldn't do it without you.

Walter

PS - Will try to add a few pictures to the post later.

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