Oct 1st - Bad Weather, Birds and Butterflies

When I arrived at the Watch site this morning it was extremely cloudy, cold, and lightly drizzling.  When we left 4 hours later it was extremely cloudy, cold, and lightly drizzling!  Weird thing was that a few birds and a few butterflies didn't really care.

Today:
Osprey - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
American Kestrel - 3
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 10

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 115
Osprey - 126
Bald Eagle - 67
Northern Harrier - 97
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2092
Cooper's Hawk - 35
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 1403
Red-tailed Hawk - 28
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 390
Merlin - 76
Peregrine Falcon - 16
Total - 4445

Local Birds:
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Merlin - 1 (appears to be hanging around)

Non-raptor sightings today included a Wood Duck (flew over the east side of the park and made a sweeping right turn upon reaching the lake), 13 Loons (including a group of 10 which flew in a loosely-packed flock), a Scarlet Tanager, and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

Monarchs, to my disbelief were again on the move.  A total of 21 individuals were counted.  Most were flying fairly high up.

Many thanks to those who came to the park today to enjoy the birds and the weather.

Walter

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