Sep 1st - 12 Raptors, 2 Eagles, and another Airshow!

The 'official' start to the 2017 Raptor Watch went off without a hitch.  The day was filled with great people, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, planes, and a whole lot of sunshine.

 and so it begins...officially

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
American Kestrel - 1
Total - 12

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 11
Bald Eagle - 15
Northern Harrier - 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 12
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Broad-winged Hawk - 6
Red-tailed Hawk - 12
American Kestrel - 9
Merlin - 7
Total - 82

Eagle Time (DST):
11:48am - BE
12:04am - BE

Other Birds:
Turkey Vulture (local), Red-tailed Hawk (local), Merlin (local), Double-crested Cormorant, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing, Wilson's Warbler, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, Veery, Red-winged Blackbird, Cape May Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler, House Sparrow, Ring-billed Gull, Mallard, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Herring Gull, Barn Swallow, European Starling, and Common Grackle

Butterflies and Dragonflies:
A slow but steady movement of Monarchs across the sky today.  All heading south-westward following the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Various migrating dragonflies started to fill the sky over Rosetta by mid-day today and only got thicker as the afternoon progressed.

Hawkwatchers:
John, Lee, Sheldon, Theresa, Bruce M, Ron, Hugh, Berle, Norm, Walter, Ed, and many others.

Weather Prediction:
Wind will be blowing and gusting from the east.  If you've got something better to do, do it!  You may want to go to Van Wagner's Beach in Hamilton to watch for Jaegers and other rarities.

Airshow:
Lots of spectacular flyovers this afternoon as planes readied themselves for the 'Changing of the Colours' ceremony at City Hall.

These are different planes then what were presented here yesterday...

B-25 Mitchell

DC-3 Dakota

P-51 Mustang

CH-147F Chinook

CT-155 Hawk (left) and CT-156 Harvard II (right)

CC-150 Polaris

CT-114 Tutor (The Snowbirds)

See you again soon,
Walter

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