Sep 1st - A Record 48 Bald Eagles!!!!!

Well, if you're going to break a record, you might as well crush it!  Our old record for Bald Eagles in a single day was 27.  I had a feeling that we'd have a good day today but never did I expect that.  Just after arriving at the park and hanging my backpack on the fence I turned and looked to the east only to see our first bird of the day - an Osprey at 6:59am!  Roughly 20 minutes later bird two came along - a Northern Harrier.  A little bit later I had a Condor fly over.  Not the one from California but the one from the Ukraine, it's big and it's wingspan is 240 feet from tip to tip!  The day only got better from there!  Thank you to all those who came out today to enjoy the specticle.  Thank you for all your help.

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 12
Osprey - 12
Bald Eagle - 48
Northern Harrier - 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 52
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 127
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
American Kestrel - 33
Merlin - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 308

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 16
Osprey - 16
Bald Eagle - 49
Northern Harrier - 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 58
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Broad-winged Hawk - 131
Red-tailed Hawk - 7
American Kestrel - 39
Merlin - 9
Peregrine Falcon - 4
Total - 346

Eagle Time (DST):
10:27am - BE - 1
11:02am - BE - 1
11:25am - BE - 2
11:39am - BE - 1
11:44am - BE - 12
12:01pm - BE - 1
12:05pm - BE - 1
12:09pm - BE - 1
12:11pm - BE - 1
12:16pm - BE - 4
12:47pm - BE - 1
12:56pm - BE - 1
01:06pm - BE - 1
01:19pm - BE - 1
01:42pm - BE - 1
01:47pm - BE - 2
01:55pm - BE - 2
02:00pm - BE - 1
02:03pm - BE - 1
02:24pm - BE - 3
02:31pm - BE - 1
02:48pm - BE - 2
03:01pm - BE - 1
03:15pm - BE - 3
04:35pm - BE - 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Ann)

a young Bald Eagle (Ann)

a young Broad-winged Hawk (Ann)

An adult Bald Eagle and a Broad-winged Hawk (Arvo)

Another adult Bald Eagle (Ann)

A Merlin with lunch (Ann)

Hey look, it's another Bald Eagle! (Ann)

An adult male Northern Harrier (Ann)

Another beautifully marked young Bald Eagle (Arvo)

A small kettle of Broad-winged Hawks (Arvo)

Merlin (Ann)

Turkey Vulture (Ann)

Other Birds:
Common Nighthawk - 1
Loons - 4
Warblers - several species

Common Nighthawk (Arvo)

Butterflies:
Monarch - 117 (46 tagged)

People:
Noam, Lorne, Ron & Jean, Hugh, Kris, Pat & Nancy, Kevin, Berle, Elenor, Carol, Glen, Ann, Murray, Arvo, Lynn, Allison, Sophie, Lee, Terry, Betty, and many others who stopped by.  Thankyou everyone!

Antonov AN-124 'Ruslan' (NATO codename: Condor) (Walter)
International Cargo Transporter
(Built by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian S.S.R.,
back in the days of the former Soviet Union)
It's the second largest plane in the world behind the Antonov AN-225!

Weather Prediction:
More of the same for tomorrow!!!  Don't be surprised if the birds are flying up high again.

Walter

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