Oct 3rd - NW/NE Winds Brought 142 Raptors!

Today was mostly one of those dark overcast days with threatening clouds and a lot of high-flying birds that were nothing more than just silhouettes unfortunately.  The clouds finally gave way to a bit of sun in the afternoon but by that time the wind had shifted again and the birds were flying further to the north but still way up high.  Oh well, what can you do?

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 10
Northern Harrier - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 99
Cooper's Hawk - 4
American Kestrel - 21
Merlin - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Total - 142

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 149
Osprey - 49
Bald Eagle - 77
Northern Harrier - 75
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 716
Cooper's Hawk - 20
Northern Goshawk - 0
Red-shouldered Hawk - 0
Broad-winged Hawk - 233
Red-tailed Hawk - 26
Rough-legged Hawk - 0
Golden Eagle - 0
American Kestrel - 196
Merlin - 59
Peregrine Falcon - 16
Total - 1616

Other Birds:
American Robin - many flying over in the morning
Blackbirds (Grackles, Red-wings and Cowbirds) - many flying over in the morning
Blue Jay - they're just not going to stop this year!
Carolina Wren - singing his heart out most of the day!
Common Raven - 8 kettling!
Finches - many flocks flying over in the morning
Loon sp - 12
Warblers - a good selection in the park today including Orange-Crowned

a Common Loon heading out over the lake (Kris)

Butterflies:
Monarch - 82 (11 tagged)
Orange Sulphur - 4
Red Admiral - 1

People:
Lee, Ron, Betty, Trudy, Bruce, Terry, Rosemary, Allison, Kris, Peter, Don, Arvo, Glen, and a few others who stopped by.

Weather Prediction:
The east wind returns for tomorrow.  Yuck!

Walter

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