Sep 4th - Here a Sharpie, there a Sharpie!

Oh my, the Sharpies were everywhere in the sky today!  Everywhere from over Kingston Road to out over the lake.  What a great surprise, wasn't expecting so many.

We had our annual visit from the class of kids from Cliffside Public School early today.  While there they enjoyed a few of the Sharpies flying overhead, the squirrels and the bunny.  I was 'schooled' by one young fella who told me all about the fastest land animal in the world.  We also talked about the Peregrine Falcon.  Always a fun time!

Today:
Osprey - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 117
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 5
Merlin - 1
Total - 126

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 0
Osprey - 38
Bald Eagle - 11
Northern Harrier - 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 220
Cooper's Hawk - 7
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 82
Red-tailed Hawk - 12
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 70
Merlin - 14
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 473

Monarchs were moving again today.  We counted 21 of them flying by the Watch site.

My thanks to Don, Arvo, Hugh, Dave, Betty, Terry (today and yesterday!), Peter, Mark, Doug, Gord, and the kids from Cliffside PS for making it such an enjoyable and successful day.

Tomorrow will be hot and humid with wind blowing from the southwest.  Osprey and Peregrines?

Saturday (at present) is looking perfect for a decent movement of birds.  Wind is predicted to be from the northwest at 25km/h and gusting higher.  Birds will likely be down low and in our faces!

Hope to see you out both days!

Walter

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