Sep 11th - 4 Eagles, No Daves!!!

Sorry 'bout that title, had to do it!

Many of today's birds were either way up or way out...sometimes that happens!  It's part of what makes hawk watching so much fun...the searching!  After a wonderful day of straining to see birds, the last one came right down the path beside us and was flying only about 6 feet off the ground...it was a Sharpie!  Very cool!!!

Today:
Osprey - 10
Bald Eagle - 4
Northern Harrier - 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 157
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 69
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
American Kestrel - 41
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 298

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 46
Bald Eagle - 18
Northern Harrier - 24
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 540
Cooper's Hawk - 6
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 87
Red-tailed Hawk - 9
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 189
Merlin - 31
Peregrine Falcon - 7
Total - 961

Eagle Time (DST):
11:16am - BE (imm)
11:34am - BE (imm)
11:52am - BE (imm)
1:19pm - BE (imm)

Today's photos are courtesy of Mike...

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Birds:
Blue Jay - likely our first flock going south for the winter
Common Loon - 24 heading south
Common Nighthawk - 1
Rock Pigeon - two flocks of racing pigeons
Shorebird (unknown species) - flew over with a Rock Pigeon

part of a large flock pigeons bred and raised to race

Common Loon passing overhead

Butterflies:
Monarch - 400+ flying through all over the sky

Mammals:
Eastern Cottontail - 1

Hawk Watchers:
Mike, Kevin, Betty, Leon, Sheldon, Kris, Ron, Manny, Pat & Nancy, Norm, Berle, Peter, Arvo, Hugh, Charlie, and several others.  Thankyou everyone, that wasn't easy today!

Weather Prediction:
Sep 12th - rain, N 25-30km/h and gusting

See you tomorrow at the park,
Walter

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