Sep 30th - Another 500+ Raptor Day.....Actually 600+!!!

Another fantastic day at the Watch.....if you enjoy looking up at an all-blue sky and trying to find pepper specks in it - LOL!!!  Thankfully we had some of our best pairs of eyes on-hand today to make sure that the birds weren't going to sneak by overhead quietly.  We saw each and every one of the raptors that we counted today - LOL!!!  I guess there could've been even more up there somewhere...who knows.  Thankyou everybody for all the help today!!!

Rosetta McClain Gardens, Toronto
30 September 2017
08:00am - 04:00pm

Today:
Turkey Vulture - 561
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 7
Northern Harrier - 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 35
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Broad-winged Hawk - 19
Red-tailed Hawk - 12
American Kestrel - 5
Total - 653

Eagle Time (DST):
09:50am - BE
09:57am - BE
10:18am - BE
10:32am - BE x2
12:20pm - BE
03:15pm - BE

To Date:
Turkey Vulture - 836
Osprey - 33
Bald Eagle - 51
Northern Harrier - 46
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 309
Cooper's Hawk - 24
Broad-winged Hawk - 59
Red-tailed Hawk - 47
American Kestrel - 177
Merlin - 19
Peregrine Falcon - 10
Total - 1611

These photos are courtesy of Mike...

Northern Harrier

 Sharp-shinned Hawk

Bald Eagle

another beautifully marked Bald Eagle

These photos are courtesy of Lee...

local Red-tailed Hawk watching songbirds lower down in the tree


off it goes in search of a meal!

Other Birds:
Brant - one large 'blizzard' of them heading south out over the lake to the east of the park.
Loon sp. - 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Lee)

Palm Warbler (Lee)

 Orange-crowned Warbler (Mike)

Insects:
Monarch - still appears to be a decent number flying along the north shore of the lake.

Hawkwatchers:
Walter, Phil, Mike, Bruce M, Ron, Mark, Sonja, Bruce & Copper, Theresa, Gunnar, Betty, Joyce, Berle, Sheldon, Naish, Patti, Sue, Lee, Paul, Beth, Trudy, Eleanor, and many others!  Again, thankyou all for your help and camaraderie today.

See you all again soon,
Walter

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