Nov 21st - Birds!!!

Finally a decent day for raptor watching!  I get the feeling with what was observed across the GTA today, there must still be more raptors to come.  Let's hope we get a few more NW wind days in before the end of the month.

Today:
Northern Harrier - 7  (4 adult males)
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 11
Rough-legged Hawk - 5  (2 dark, 3 light)
Total - 25

To Date:
Black Vulture - 1
Turkey Vulture - 3306
Osprey - 140
Bald Eagle - 106
Northern Harrier - 277
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3711
Cooper's Hawk - 116
Northern Goshawk - 18
Red-shouldered Hawk - 83
Broad-winged Hawk - 1418
Red-tailed Hawk - 1015
Rough-legged Hawk - 13
Golden Eagle - 12
American Kestrel - 697
Merlin - 128
Peregrine Falcon - 80
Total - 11121

Here are a few photos from the day courtesy of Kris...

a nice adult Cooper's Hawk
(thankyou Ron for the correct ID)

a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk

one of several Red-tailed Hawks

Non-raptor highlights included several small flocks of finches and waxwings, a late Eastern Phoebe, 2 Great Blue Herons, and a flock of small geese which may have been Brant (very high flying).

Great Blue Heron (Kris)

Enjoying the sunshine and braving the cold today were John, Kris, Terry, Arvo, Betty, and Bruce.

Fingers crossed for another day of raptor watching!

Walter