Nov 1st - Lots of Good Stuff!

A really nice mix of raptors flying today including both Bald and Golden Eagles, Red-Shouldered Hawks and Northern Goshawks to name a few.  Also three different species of geese, Canada, Snow and Brant.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Northern Goshawk - 3
Red-shouldered Hawk - 5
Red-tailed Hawk - 74
Gold Eagle - 5
Merlin - 1
Total - 107

To Date:
Black Vulture - 1
Turkey Vulture - 3272
Osprey - 140
Bald Eagle - 104
Northern Harrier - 256
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3693
Cooper's Hawk - 107
Northern Goshawk - 13
Red-shouldered Hawk - 63
Broad-winged Hawk - 1418
Red-tailed Hawk - 687
Rough-legged Hawk - 5
Golden Eagle - 7
American Kestrel - 697
Merlin - 126
Peregrine Falcon - 79
Total - 10668

Eagle Time (EDT):
01:45 PM - GE
01:55 PM - GE
03:27 PM - BE
03:58 PM - GE x2
04:05 PM - BE
04:?? PM - GE

Another great gallery of photos...

a young Golden Eagle (Mike D)

 Turkey Vulture (Lee)

same Vulture as above (Mike D)

 an adult Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

a young Red-shouldered Hawk (Mike D)

 another view (Mike D)

a young Northern Harrier (Lee)

a young Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike D)

a young Red-tailed Hawk (Lee)

an adult Red-tailed Hawk (Lee)

a fast flying Northern Goshawk (Mike D)

Non-raptor excitement today included 5 flocks of Brant ranging in size from 7 to 27 flying towards Niagara just ahead of the snow storm.  Also, a large flock of 107 Snow Geese, including at least 3 whites heading due south.

 Snow Geese flying overhead (Walter)

My thanks to Lee, Betty, Mike D, Phil, Dave, Peter, Mark, Berle and Cori...plus anyone I forgot.

By the look of things, the washrooms are now closed for the season.  The nearest washrooms are located in Coffee Dome at the top of the hill on Kingston Road just east of the park.  Within the next two blocks of Cliffside Village are a Tim Horton's and a Country Style.

Expect more of the same wind conditions tomorrow but under much sunnier skies.

Walter

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