Sep 4th - Hey, That Was Better!

Despite a strong easterly wind, we had a number of raptors fly over the park today.  This morning started while I was still at home getting ready and I received a text message saying that there were a few birds flying along the Bluffs and heading west.  I looked at the wind direction at that time and it was NE 17km/h - I almost flew down to the park!  Sure enough within minutes of getting there I saw my first bird.  With the wind blowing and lack of humidity in the air today, it was most enjoyable just to sit and chat in-between bird sightings.  Unfortunately it looks like the heat and humidity will be back for the weekend.

Today:
Osprey - 3
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 4
Cooper's Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 4
Merlin - 6
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 21

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 23
Bald Eagle - 11
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 8
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 24
Merlin - 11
Peregrine Falcon - 4
Total - 103

Birds:
Nothing of note

Butterflies:
Monarch - 18 moving along the Bluffs, 1 tagged
Spicebush Swallowtail - 1 moving through the park, did not land

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawk Watchers:
Sarah, Bill, Pat and Nancy, Dave, Hugh, Norm, Peter, Carol, Berle, Manny, Trudy, plus several others who stopped by.  Thankyou all.

Weather Prediction:
Sep 5th - mainly sunny, E 15km/h switching to SE 15km/h in the afternoon (theweathernetwork.com)

See you at the park,
Walter

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