Sep 19th - The Numbers So Far

Well folks, unfortunately the 'Global Warming' effect is not doing us any favours at Rosetta.  It's not doing any Hawk Watches along the shores of the Great Lakes any favours either!  The cool north-west winds have yet to blow and the low count totals so far are a clear result.  Hopefully things will change soon!!!!!  Enjoy the lasting heat and humidity while you can!

To Date (as of Sep 19th):
Turkey Vulture - 23
Osprey - 25
Bald Eagle - 30
Northern Harrier - 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 169
Cooper's Hawk - 18
Broad-winged Hawk - 13
Red-tailed Hawk - 22
American Kestrel - 45
Merlin - 12
Peregrine Falcon - 3
Total - 375

The Numbers comparison (as of Sep 19th):
2010 - 3188
2011 - 1968
2012 - 1660
2013 - 1610
2014 - 3220
2015 - 1941
2016 - 1098
2017 - 375

Thousands of raptors are heading south at this time (Sharpies, Kestrels, and Broad-wings especially) but without the north-west winds a-blowin' it's unlikely we'll be seeing many of them in the sky over Rosetta.  They'll be crossing the city further to the north unfortunately.  We have to continue to watch for them all the same as this is the ultimate reason why we hawk-watch in the first place (sure they're beautiful to look at!).  As observers of nature, we have to know what they're doing and where they're flying whether good or bad.

Keep up the excellent job everyone!

Walter


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