Oct 9th - A Long Cold Day at the Park!

Well the strong NW wind arrived pretty much to the hour as predicted but the sky was very heavy and threatening off and on all day.  Sitting around waiting for birds that weren't coming made the cold wind that much colder!  Everyone had left the park by 3:00pm.  I guess we'll just have to try again another day.

Today:
Northern Harrier - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 14
Cooper's Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 23

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 248
Osprey - 91
Bald Eagle - 55
Northern Harrier - 124
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2103
Cooper's Hawk - 19
Northern Goshawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 88
Red-tailed Hawk - 23
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 1
American Kestrel - 279
Merlin - 84
Peregrine Falcon - 30
Total - 3147

 A low-flying adult Sharp-shinned Hawk (Mike)

Other Birds:
Common Loon - 4 counted today
Rusty Blackbird
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Winter Wren

A cute little Winter Wren (Mike)

A passing Rusty Blackbird (Mike)

Butterflies:
Monarch - 24 observed heading west through the park
(If you noticed, we had more Monarchs than Hawks today!  Kind of strange considering the weather)

Mammals:
Nothing of note

Hawkwatchers:
Kris, Arvo, Hugh, Peter, Manny, Mike, John, Bruce, Dave, MC, Betty, Carol, Ron and Jean, Trudy, and Sheldon

Weather Prediction:
Oct 10th - mainly sunny, N 10km/h switching to S 15km/h (theweathernetwork.com)  The light N element wind in the morning will switch by 9:00am and then quickly turn to light S wind.  At this time, it's extremely likely that I won't be at the park tomorrow.  I'll spend tomorrow taking it easy and trying to get back to 100%!  If you decide to go, please let me know what you see.

Thanks,
Walter

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