Nov 3rd - 38 Birds!

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 21
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 5
Northern Goshawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 9
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Total - 38

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2448
Osprey - 59
Bald Eagle - 102
Northern Harrier - 162
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1452
Cooper's Hawk - 62
Northern Goshawk - 13
Red-shouldered Hawk - 52
Broad-winged Hawk - 236
Red-tailed Hawk - 661
Rough-legged Hawk - 5
Golden Eagle - 5
American Kestrel - 275
Merlin - 84
Peregrine Falcon - 42
Total - 5658

a juvenile Northern Harrier (Arvo)

a beautiful Rough-legged Hawk (Matt)

Turkey Vulture (Arvo)

Other Birds:
Eastern Bluebird - one small group flew over.
Bonaparte's Gull - a large group of approximately 50 birds first sighted flying like shorebirds near a feeding frenzy out on the lake.  For the remainder of the afternoon they were observed feeding with Red-breasted Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, Ring-billed Gulls, and Herring Gulls.  From my photos the Bonaparte's Gulls appeared to be (for the most part) juvenile 'first winter' and adult 'non-breeding' birds.  Bird species #194 at Rosetta for your scribe!  Hurray for me!

 Just one of many frenzies! (Walter)

an adult Bonaparte's Gull on the left (Walter)

 in this 'Where's Waldo' photo I've pointed out at
least one juvenile Bonaparte's Gull in the upper left (Walter)

(Just a reminder that all photos on this blog are 'clickable' to enlarge)

Bugs:
Cabbage White - 4

Green Darner - 2

People:
Sheldon, Matt, Arvo, Dave, Berle, Charlie, Carol, Paul, and a few others.  Thanks for an enjoyable afternoon at the park.

 Our friend Betty flew over the park on Tuesday in a similar
jet on her way to the far side of Africa.  We wish her all the
best for a safe journey and hope she sees much of the wildlife
that most of us will only ever see on TV.

Weather Prediction:
Looks like more NW wind for tomorrow...at least until 1:00pm anyway.

See you at the fence,
Walter

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