Nov 14th - 7000th and a Late BW!

Today was another gorgeous November day to be at the park although it did get a little overcast and damp feeling towards late afternoon.  Lots of good folks on-hand to catch every bird that flew overhead.   Highlights today included our 7000th bird of the season - a Red-tailed Hawk, and a very late Broad-winged Hawk which flew low and right over top of us.  Our previous late date for a Broad-wing was on October 29th back in 2010.

Today:
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Northern Goshawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 31
Merlin - 1
Total - 41

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2719  (1461)  (3306)
Osprey - 94  (110)  (211)
Bald Eagle - 69  (57)  (109)
Northern Harrier - 203  (244)  (488)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2731  (2191)  (3712)
Cooper's Hawk - 52  (95)  (127)
Northern Goshawk - 6  (18)  (24)
Red-shouldered Hawk - 39  (25)  (83)
Broad-winged Hawk - 90  (216)  (1418)
Red-tailed Hawk - 527  (757)  (1019)
Rough-legged Hawk - 4  (10)  (28)
Golden Eagle - 6  (10)  (20)
American Kestrel - 302  (561)  (719)
Merlin - 113  (72)  (130)
Peregrine Falcon - 57  (68)  (102)
Total - 7012  (5963)  (11128)

The numbers in red are our seasonal averages - 2006 thru 2014.
The numbers in blue are our highest seasonal totals - 2006 thru 2014.

Some really spectacular shots again today...

Red-tailed Hawk (Mike)

Red-tailed Hawk (Paul)

What a nice surprise this late migrant was...

Broad-winged Hawk (Paul)

Broad-winged Hawk (Mike)

 Broad-winged Hawk (Mike)

And then there was this beautiful male flying low over us...

Northern Harrier (Ann)

Northern Harrier (Ann)

Northern Harrier (Charlie)

Northern Harrier (Paul)

Other Birds:
American Goldfinch - many groups migrating in the morning
American Robin - many small groups migrating in the morning
Brown-headed Cowbird - several migrating with m/f RW Blackbirds
Cedar Waxwing - several flying over and around the park
Common Loon - 31 counted migrating south over the park
Eastern Bluebird - 2 small groups migrating in the morning
House Finch - a number of small groups migrating earlier in the day
Red-winged Blackbird - many large groups migrating in the morning

Cedar Waxwing (Paul)

American Crow (Paul)

Hawkwatchers:
Mark, Mike, Paul, Phil, Peter, Ron, Dave, Betty, Sonja, Gunnar, Manfred, Allison, Pat & Nancy, Berle, Lee, Charlie, John, and a few others who stopped in.  Thankyou everyone for a great day!

Just a few of us! (Ann)

Weather Prediction:
Nov 15th - sunny switching to mainly sunny in the afternoon, SW 20km/h gusting to 30km/h switching to W 15km/h in the afternoon  (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

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