Sep 20th - The Sharpies Just Keep on Comin'!

Not quite the day that most had hoped for but still not bad.  Judging by reports and photos I've seen, it appears that you could've stood anywhere from the lake all the way up to Steeles Avenue and saw migrating hawks!  Hopefully some people took notice of the bird migration over their neighbourhoods!  Anyway, at Rosetta most birds were flying just a little too high for most to enjoy.

Today:
Osprey - 6
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 245
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 10
Merlin - 4
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 280

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 67
Bald Eagle - 23
Northern Harrier - 69
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1664
Cooper's Hawk - 7
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 87
Red-tailed Hawk - 10
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 232
Merlin - 47
Peregrine Falcon - 11
Total - 2221

Eagle Time (DST):
10:24 - BEx2 (adult)

first light! (Walter)

a Sharpie taking a dive straight down! (Lee)

 Red-tailed Hawk (Lee)

Merlin (Lee)

Sharpie! (Ann)

Peregrine Falcon (Ann)

Northern Harrier (Mike)

as BIGFRANK called it "Striatus coming at us!" (Mike)

Other Birds:
Blue-headed Vireo - 1 seen in the northwest corner of the park
Cackling Goose - 1 mixed in with a group of Canada Geese
Canada Goose - many small flocks migrating over the park early in the day
White-throated Sparrow - numbers are increasing around the gardens

Butterflies:
Monarch - 1500+ - likely a very conservative guess!

a Walking Stick (Ann)

...and an Orb Weaver spider (Ann)

Hawk Watchers:
Phil, Lorne, Peter, Mike, Mark, Monika, Martha, Allison, Norm, Ann, Laural, Richard, Carol, Lester, Pat & Nancy, Berle, Eleanor, Lee, Dahye, Betty, Hugh, and many others who stopped by!  Thankyou for another wonderful day.

Weather Prediction:
Sep 21st - mix of sun and cloud, E 5km/h increasing to 15km/h (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

2 comments:

HowieH said...

Good weather (but bad? winds)should continue throughout the week. Monarch numbers are very encouraging. My son and I found monarchs roosting on the spit, probably a few hundred in several small clusters on the same tree. Are there any hummingbirds hanging around the salvia? and finally, hope you caught this mornings sunrise, one for the ages! Hope to see you there on Wednesday - Howie H.

Walter Fisher said...

Hummers are very sporadic now but still a few sightings each day. Ann got a photo of one today. No, missed today's sunrise by about an hour. Walter