Sep 16th - The 'Sharpie' Festival Continues...

Yet another low wind and all blue sky kinda day!  Of the 169 raptors counted today, 163 of them were Sharpies!  It was another gorgeous day just to sit in the shade and enjoy the company and watch the birds.

Today:
Osprey - 1
Northern Harrier - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 163
Merlin - 1
Total - 169

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 58
Bald Eagle - 20
Northern Harrier - 57
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1129
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 - 210
Merlin - 36
Peregrine Falcon - 9
Total - 1625

Birds:
Blue Jay - a few small groups flying west over the park

Butterflies:
Monarch - 200+ flying through, many along the top edge of the bluffs.  A Monarch that Terry tagged on August 31st was accidentally caught again today - 16 days later!  Once released, it tookoff towards the west and out of the park.

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Allison, Manny, Terry, Lorne, Bob, MC and her father, Pat & Nancy, Arvo, Liz, Peter, Hugh, Betty, Cori, Jen, Ann, plus several others.  Thankyou everyone!

Hawk Watchers Stung (by Hornets/Wasps):
Walter, Ann - that makes a total of 4 of us for the week!

Weather Prediction:
Sep 17th - sunny, S 5-15km/h (theweathernetwork.com)  Another day of Sharpies?!!!

See you at the park,
Walter

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