Oct 10th - Turkey Vulture Time!!!

Oh my goodness, when those Vultures decide to go, they really go!  Nine hundred and two of them!  Altogether, we've tallied-up 2001 raptors in just the last 3 days!  Thankyou everyone for your help and support.

We've already enjoyed our best year ever for Broad-winged Hawks.  At present, we are experiencing our 2nd best years for Osprey, Bald Eagles, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and Merlins.  And to top it off, our season count is good enough for third place with lots of days still to come.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 902
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 8
Northern Harrier - 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 242
Cooper's Hawk - 11
Red-tailed Hawk - 18
American Kestrel - 43
Merlin - 6
Peregrine Falcon - 4
Total - 1255

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 1170
Osprey - 139
Bald Eagle - 81
Northern Harrier - 161
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2728
Cooper's Hawk - 64
Northern Goshawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 1408
Red-tailed Hawk - 61
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 594
Merlin - 105
Peregrine Falcon - 62
Total - 6575

Eagle Time (EDT):
09:45 AM - BE
10:20 AM - BE
11:27 AM - BE
12:52 PM - BE x3
01:18 PM - BE
02:05 PM - BE

A young Bald Eagle (Walter)

Kettling Turkey Vultures (Kris)

...and more TVs (Walter)

This poor individual had a long ?rope wrapped around it's wing (Walter)

An early morning Bald Eagle (Mike D)

Coming in for a better look (Mike D)

Merlin (Mike D)

A 'Sharpie' (Mike D)

 
An American Kestrel (Mike D)

An American Crow and a Sharpie (Mike D)

Non-raptors today included - Eastern Bluebird, Fox Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow and Pileated Woodpecker.  Also 3 more Loons were counted.

Monarchs picked up again today and I estimate we saw roughly 350 flying through and over the Gardens.

With me today were - Kris, Mike D, Dave, Manny, Hugh, Norm, Peter, Berle, Betty, Lee, Ron, Lynn, MC, and Arvo.  A big thankyou to everyone.

Winds for Saturday are predicted to be NW 10-15kms.  If there are any birds left they should come tomorrow. - LOL!

Walter

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