Sep 17th - Back to Reality!

After such a spectacular day yesterday we were brought back to reality today.  Just a handful of Sharpies, a couple of Turkey Vultures, Osprey and Merlins.  In this game, wind has everything to do with migration.  Yesterday, conditions were perfect for flight - moderate wind blowing from the northwest and lots of sunshine providing the heat needed to form thermals over the land.  Today there was sunshine but the wind was blowing from the southwest which is not conducive to good bird migration.  Tomorrow looks much better!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 25
Merlin - 2
Total - 32

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 49
Osprey - 98
Bald Eagle - 42
Northern Harrier - 35
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1188
Cooper's Hawk - 13
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 1205
Red-tailed Hawk - 20
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 171
Merlin - 51
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 2875

Hawkwatchers today included Ron, Pat & Nancy, Arvo, Mark, Terry, Murray, Allison, Betty, Carol, Manny and our roving field reporter Lee, who quickly alerted us of an Osprey that was coming along the top edge of the bluffs.  Thankyou all.

Another good day for Monarchs with 100+ passing by.

From weatherunderground.com:   A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High around 15C. Winds N at 15 to 25 km/h.

Don't be late!

Walter

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