Sep 12th - Cold, Rainy and a Few Birds

Wow, today felt more like late-October than mid-September at the park.  We don't want that just yet!  Anyway, a few of us braved the chill and the threat of rain and were rewarded with a decent flight of hawks considering.

Today:
Osprey - 2
Northern Harrier - 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 26
American Kestrel - 1
Total - 38

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 48
Bald Eagle - 18
Northern Harrier - 33
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 566
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 - 190
Merlin - 31
Peregrine Falcon - 7
Total - 999

Birds:
Common Loon - 18 counted overhead flying south
Eastern Towhee - heard calling
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 flying east out over the lake
Shorebird (unknown species) - flying overhead
Warblers - several species seen on the west side of the park
White-throated Sparrow - a couple seen around the shrubs

Butterflies:
Monarch - 44 counted, many flying high up

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Phil, Bruce, Leon, Derryn, Carol, Arvo, Betty, Justin, Peter, and Hugh

Weather Prediction:
Sep 13th - cloudy with sunny breaks, NW 30km/h and gusting (theweathernetwork.com)  Should be great...fingers crossed!

See you there!
Walter

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