Aug 1st - Day One!

Day one of the 'build-up' to the Hawk Watch is now in the books.  If you missed it, you missed nothing!  As predicted, there was too much heat and humidity to really enjoy the day.  On the happier side I did see and talk with a few our hawk watching friends who were out for some fresh air.  Being that today was a holiday, there were a lot of people out so I stayed away from the main garden area.  I did do a bit of searching around the park but just sitting and relaxing on a bench in the shade and chatting was far more enjoyable!

The highlight of the day was seeing 2 Common Ravens which circled over the north side of the park just above the trees.  Earlier I watched a Turkey Vulture circling in the same area.  My thought was that there was likely a dead animal up on Kingston Rd or possibly a little further north on Danforth Ave.  The local crows were quite aware of what was happening up there!

Something to watch for:  I was informed that there's a Red-eyed Vireo feeding a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird over in the north-west section of the park.  Might make a cute picture!

The following is what I saw today to get our Fall Species Survey underway...

Birds:
Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture (local), Sharp-shinned Hawk (local), Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Bank Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, and House Sparrow

Mammals:
Eastern Gray Squirrel

Butterflies:
Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Cabbage White, Monarch, Red Admiral, and Silver-spotted Skipper

As I mentioned in my last post, my time at the park will be 'hit and miss' right now due to the heat.  Again, no need for you to rush to the park.  Stay cool!

Walter

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