Sep 5th - Blue Sky, No Wind, Few Raptors!

Unfortunately it was one of those days again!

I'd like to thank Murray for organizing and bringing his Nature Lovers 'Meet-up' group to the park today.  Always a fun time whether we have birds or not!  Many folks hung around long enough to see a few migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks while others learned all about tagging migrating Monarch butterflies.  We look forward to the return of any of the folks from the group that would like to see the raptors flying over on a much better day, especially one with northwest wind.  Always remember this 'Northwest is best!'

Today:
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7
Total - 7

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 23
Osprey - 18
Bald Eagle - 49
Northern Harrier - 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 76
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 135
Red-tailed Hawk - 9
American Kestrel - 39
Merlin - 13
Peregrine Falcon - 4
Total - 388

Other Birds:
Much quieter today with only a few warblers being seen.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Paul)

Ovenbird (a species of Warbler) (Paul)

Butterflies:
Monarch - 17 (13 tagged)
Wild Indigo Duskywing - 1
unidentified sp - 1 flying! (very likely Spicebush or Pipevine Swallowtail)

Mammals:
Just the usual suspects; squirrels!

People:
Thankyou to everyone who came out today from the Meet-up group and thankyou to everyone from our group for making them feel so welcome!

Weather Prediction:
Yet another 'Heat Warning' is in effect for tomorrow!  There will be few to no birds flying so try to stay cool elsewhere if you can.

Walter

1 comment:

Murray Shields said...

Hi Walter,
Thank you for the kind write up.
I want to thank you, and all the regular hawkwatchers for being so kind and welcoming to the Toronto Nature Lovers meetup group.
It was educational, but also a lot of fun.
Great conservation, new friends, new hawkwatchers! What more could you ask!
Also a big thank you to Betty for the demonstration and explanation of the tagging of the Monarch Butterflies to track their migration movements. It was a pleasure for the group to see the Monarch's up close.
So concludes another great day at Rosetta McClain Gardens!
Thanks again everyone! See you all soon!
Bring on the north winds! Friday is looking good!
Cheers, Murray