Aug 27th - Rosetta Goes Global!

Please click on the link just below the header of this blog to read Ron Pittaway's great article on our little hawk watch.  Ron shares his favourite hawk watch with the readers of BirdWatching magazine.  We have now been 'put on the map' as they say!  BirdWatching magazine has been published for 25 years and a few of their contributing editors include; Peter Dunne, Kenn Kaufman, and David Sibley.  What an absolute thrill this would have been for BIGFRANK to see his little backyard project shared with the world!  Thank you Ron.

Unfortunately, today with the continuing high heat and humidity there were no raptors on the move and only 8 Monarch butterflies were counted (3 tagged by Betty).  We now move on to tomorrow with hopes of better things to come.....or more heat and humidity!

With a few additions, here is where we currently stand...

Raptors:
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 2
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 3
Merlin - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 23

Butterflies:
Giant Swallowtail - 4
Monarch - 467 (289 tagged)

I found and photographed this nice moth, a new one for me...

Darling Underwing (Walter)

The family of Underwing moths are actually quite striking when their wings are open.  They display bright colours of yellow, orange, or even pink on their hingwings once in flight.

See you at the park!

Walter

2 comments:

Ann Brokelman said...

Walter up in algonquin and area many many turkey vultures on the move. Groups of 20 to 50 at a time. Riding the winds. Osprey nest only 2 had a big baby inside. Let the action begi. So do happy.

Walter Fisher said...

Thanks for your report Ann. They'd better slow down a little as they're not expected here until late September.