Oct 8th - And So They Came!

The number of small songbirds that we watched fly overhead early this morning suggested that the rest of the day was going to be busy and sure enough it was!  Even without the N element in the wind, the birds were wanting to fly.  Most of them were turning and twisting all over the sky adjusting to the gusts of wind.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 121
Osprey - 3
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 104
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
American Kestrel - 51
Merlin - 6
Peregrine Falcon - 21 (new 'Day' record!)
Total - 327

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 237
Osprey - 137
Bald Eagle - 71
Northern Harrier - 120
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2263
Cooper's Hawk - 44
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 1404
Red-tailed Hawk - 37
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 449
Merlin - 85
Peregrine Falcon - 53
Total - 4901

Eagle Time (EDT):
11:34 AM - BE

Non-raptor sightings today included an early morning Hummingbird and lots of migrating songbirds.  This afternoon Peter found a Jaeger sp. out on the lake.  A new bird for the park but a 100% accurate ID cannot be made.

Today despite the strong wind, we counted another 37 Monarchs.

A big thankyou to Bruce, John, Berle, Terry, Manny, Betty, Peter, Allison, Don, Hugh, and Ann.

Tomorrow's weather appears to be an exact copy of today.

Walter

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