Sep 28th - Blue Jays By The Truck Load!

Pretty much the entire time that we were at the park today there was nothing but a constent stream of Blue Jays flying overhead.  It was absolutely amazing to watch.  At times there were large groups of several hundred birds in the sky moving southwest.  I was sent a text message today from Sarah G, who works a couple of kms east of our location, saying that the Jays were distracting her from her work!  I couldn't even start to come up with a figure on how many there were.  "Let's go Blue Jays!" is all I can say.

On the raptor front, not so many but we did get another Peregrine!

Today:
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Total - 3

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 139
Osprey - 49
Bald Eagle - 77
Northern Harrier - 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 606
Cooper's Hawk - 16
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 233
Red-tailed Hawk - 26
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 175
Merlin - 56
Peregrine Falcon - 12
Total - 1459

Other Birds:
Blue Jay - too many to count!!!
Great Blue Heron - 1

Butterflies:
Monarch - 30 (12 tagged)

People:
Trudy, Allison, Terry, Betty, Hugh, Arvo, Ann and her friend Theresa.  Thankyou everybody!  What a beautiful day to be at the park watching the migration!

Weather Prediction:
Rain, rain, and more rain...until possibly Monday!  I'll try to get down to the park if there are any breaks in the clouds.

Check you later!
Walter

3 comments:

HowieH said...

Hi Walter,

Are you, or anyone else, still seeing hummingbirds? My latest Rosetta hummer image from last year was taken on Oct 7 so I hope they are still around.

Walter Fisher said...

Hi Howie,

As far as I know there are still 1 or 2 hanging around the Gardens but I would say that the migration through the park appears to be over. Don't know how long the flowers will remain as the park staff are now in the process of removing many of the 'summer' flowers and readying the Gardens for the fall and winter.

HowieH said...

Thanks Walter, hope to see you down there early next week.