Aug 21st - Finally A Few More Birds!

It's been a minute but today a few more birds were finally added to the count.  I realize it's still early but we'd like to see at least 100 by the end of the month.

Today:
Osprey - 1 (our 1200th since 2004!)
Northern Harrier - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Total - 3

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 6
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 0
Cooper's Hawk - 0
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
Amercian Kestrel - 14
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 0
Total - 32

Birds:
Black-capped Chickadee - small group of 8-10 passing through bouncing from tree to tree.
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing - small groups continue to fly overhead.
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 2 in the shrubs along the edge of the bluffs.

Butterflies:
Cabbage White - abundant.
Monarch - Terry was able to tag another 5 individuals.

Mammals:
Eastern Cottontail - 2 out frolicking on the grass early this morning.


Up up and away!

Hawk Watchers:
Lee, Bruce, Carol, Pat & Nancy, Allison, Betty, Berle, Peter, and Terry.

Weather Prediction:
Aug 22nd - sunny, SE 5-10km/h (theweathernetwork.com)

Walter

Aug 19th - A Time of Need...

This post is going to be short and to the point...

Today at the park an elderly woman's life was saved.  Through a call to 911, Terry was instructed on how to revive this woman who had apparently suffered a heart attack and had stopped breathing.  After a few long scary minutes she came back around and thankfully was okay until Fire and EMS arrived.  Thanks to Terry, Bruce, and to a small part myself, this woman will live to see another day.

Walter

Aug 16th - The First Two Weeks

Just a quick note to let you know that even though we've only had 2 days of bird flight over the park so far, the numbers would suggest that we're doing just fine.  We'll let this current heat wave pass and then we'll get back at 'er.  The goal for the month of August is usually to count 100 birds.  Let's see what happens.

Our species survey is also doing quite well with 46 birds, 17 butterflies, and 5 mammals being noted so far.  I'll have a printed copy on-hand from now on so we'll be able to compare and add species as we see them.

Stay cool!
Walter