Sep 24th - 12 More Eagles!!!

Thanks to the heads-up from Tyler H last night we stood and starred up at the all-blue sky overhead today searching and searching for eagles.  We found twelve of them!  The blue sky made finding and viewing the birds extremely difficult, in fact many birds were spotted after they'd flown by us.  Yes, at times we were standing facing west and watching for birds that were flying from the east!  LOL!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 94
Osprey - 4
Bald Eagle - 12
Northern Harrier - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 24
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 5
Merlin - 2
Total - 147

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 135
Osprey - 48
Bald Eagle - 76
Northern Harrier - 63
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 601
Cooper's Hawk - 16
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 233
Red-tailed Hawk - 24
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 174
Merlin - 54
Peregrine Falcon - 6
Total - 1430

Eagle Time (DST):
09:37am - BE
10:28am - BE
11:08am - BE
11:21am - BEx2
11:48am - BE
12:23pm - BE
12:26pm - BE
12:41pm - BE
02:00pm - BE
02:04pm - BE
02:15pm - BE

a sub-adult Bald Eagle (Mike D)

American Kestrel (Lee)

local Red-tailed Hawk (Mike D)

Cooper's Hawk (Lee)

Osprey (Mike D)

Turkey Vulture (Mike D)

a young Sharp-shinned Hawk (Lee)

a juvenile Northern Harrier (Mike D)

another gorgeous Cooper's Hawk (Mike D)

a high-flying Bald Eagle (Walter)

Other Birds:
Blue Jay - several hundred heading southwest over the park
Canada Goose - several flocks of various sizes heading south over the lake
Golden-crowned Kinglet - many
Loon sp - 8
Rusty Blackbird - 2
Snow Goose - a few large flocks heading south over the lake

Butterflies:
Fiery Skipper - 1
Monarch - 44 (12 tagged)
Orange Sulphur - 3

Misc:

The Goodyear Blimp provided arial coverage of the Raptor Watch today! (Lee)
Dare to dream!!! 
(actually it was just heading downtown for the hockey game)

People:
Many people were at the Watch today including Lee

Weather Prediction:
There'll be a couple of hours of NE wind to start the day tomorrow but that will quickly change to E wind before the morning ends.

Walter

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