Nov 28th - Our Best Late Season Day Ever!

When I arrived at the park today the watchers gathered had already counted 3 hawks.  Usually at this late time in the season that would be a full days worth of birds.  At one point in the morning we had 6 Red-tailed Hawks and a Red-shouldered Hawk over the park at the same time.  As the wind shifted from ENE to E the bird migration came to an end for the day.  A total of 20 raptors were counted for the day.

Today:
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 16
Total - 20

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2719  (1461)  (3306)
Osprey - 94  (110)  (211)
Bald Eagle - 70  (57)  (109)
Northern Harrier - 205  (244)  (488)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2733  (2191)  (3712)
Cooper's Hawk - 54  (95)  (127)
Northern Goshawk - 6  (18)  (24)
Red-shouldered Hawk - 41  (25)  (83)
Broad-winged Hawk - 90  (216)  (1418)
Red-tailed Hawk - 548  (757)  (1019)
Rough-legged Hawk - 4  (10)  (28)
Golden Eagle - 6  (10)  (20)
American Kestrel - 302  (561)  (719)
Merlin - 114  (72)  (130)
Peregrine Falcon - 60  (68)  (102)
Total - 7046  (5963)  (11128)

seasonal averages - 2006 thru 2014
highest seasonal totals - 2006 thru 2014

Eagle Time (EST):
10:42am - BE (adult)

male Cooper's Hawk (Lee)

Other Birds:
American Goldfinch - many groups flying east and west this morning
Loon sp. - 14 counted today

Hawkwatchers:
Kris, Phil, Peter, Arvo, Betty, Joe, Dave, Pat & Nancy, Allison, Lee, and Bruce.  Thankyou everyone!

(Betty)

Weather Prediction:
Nov 29th - mainly sunny switching to a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon, NW 5 km/h switching to NE 5 km/h in the afternoon  (theweathernetwork.com)

Fingers crossed we squeeze out a few more birds tomorrow.

Walter

Nov 27th - Tomorrow

Weather Prediction:
Nov 28th - mainly sunny switching to sunny in the afternoon, N 15km/h switching to N 10km/h in the afternoon  (theweathernetwork.com)

Being that there are only 3 days left of hawk watching at Rosetta I'm hoping that the birds understand that and they will pass overhead this weekend!

See you there,
Walter

Nov 20th thru 24th - Very Slow!

Sorry for not updating the blog the last few days but you're really haven't missed much anyway, it's been very slow and rightly so, we're nearing the end afterall.  It's the way it should be!

Nov 20th - 24th
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 7

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2719  (1461)  (3306)
Osprey - 94  (110)  (211)
Bald Eagle - 69  (57)  (109)
Northern Harrier - 204  (244)  (488)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2733  (2191)  (3712)
Cooper's Hawk - 53  (95)  (127)
Northern Goshawk - 6  (18)  (24)
Red-shouldered Hawk - 40  (25)  (83)
Broad-winged Hawk - 90  (216)  (1418)
Red-tailed Hawk - 532  (757)  (1019)
Rough-legged Hawk - 4  (10)  (28)
Golden Eagle - 6  (10)  (20)
American Kestrel - 302  (561)  (719)
Merlin - 114  (72)  (130)
Peregrine Falcon - 60  (68)  (102)
Total - 7026  (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.

Red-shouldered Hawk (Kris)

Red-tailed Hawk (Kris)

Thankyou to all who have come out the last few days to watch for migrating hawks.  Fabulous work!

I'll be back at the park tomorrow around 10:00am but may not stay very long as I'll be going elsewhere in the afternoon.

See you at the fence,
Walter