Wind (current)

September 15-2017

Thanks to Dave for the following report from the 15th:
Sharp-shinned hawks  16
Osprey                       1
American Kestrel        4
Cooper's Hawks         5
Northern Harrier         1

Other notables
Red eye vireo. (Phil).  American Redstart, Bay breasted, Wilson and Magnolia warblers 
Local TV and RT

And the highlight was a probable Hudsonian Godwit spotted by me heading out over the lake.

Observers.  Sheldon, Sue, Phil and Dave
We're still waiting for better weather!  In the meantime, Mike D took some nice photos of a Merlin in a tree last Saturday:


Raptor Watch procedures for the 2017 season

Thank you for your willingness to participate in the Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch as a Citizen Scientist.  Your observations are important.

The clipboard with the sign-in sheets for August-November and the 3 hole coiled workbook with a pen is in the Staff Office.  You will need to find a staff member to unlock the office to pick up the recording resources.  

Please start a new page for each day.  A day is from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm give or take.  You will notice on the sign-up sheet that the day is divided into a morning and afternoon time period.  10:00 AM - 12:30 and 12:30 to 3:00 PM.  Thank you for volunteering your time to help observe the raptors.

Record the species and record a tick count (IIII - groups of 5) of the number of each species of raptor that you observed during your watch in the workbook.  If you were lucky to see an eagle, please record the time of your sighting. There are 15 that are usually seen at Rosetta.  
American Kestrel (AMKE) , Bald Eagle (BAEA) , Broad-winged Hawk (BWHA), Cooper's Hawk (COHA), Golden Eagle (GOEA), Merlin (MERL), Northern Harrier (NOHA), Northern Goshawk (NOGO), Osprey (OSPR) , Peregrine Falcon (PEFA), Red Shoulder Hawk (RSHA), Red tail Hawk (RTHA) , Rough-legged Hawk (RLHA), Sharp Shinned Hawk (SSHA), & Turkey Vulture (TUVU).  

Please remember to also record the number of monarchs flying by and make note of other birds and mammals.

On a quiet day or if you have another commitment before 3:00 PM, it is ok to leave early.  If there is no one at the watch to hand over the workbook to continue recording, take a photo of the day's recording in the workbook and send it to rosettamcclaingardens at or just email the totals to rosettamcclaingardens at if you can’t take a photo. If you are able to get some photos, please send to rosettamcclaingardens at and they may be chosen for the blog.  Please return the clipboard, workbook, sign-in sheets and pen to the office.  (You may have to find a staff person again).  If there is no staff around, please take the clipboard and let us know.

The process for recording is evolving.  Your comments and/or questions are appreciated.  Please either email them to rosettamcclaingardens at or write them in the back of the workbook.

You are great!  Thank you for your contribution, Citizen Scientist.

Lee, Hugh, John, Betty, Terry

September 14-2017

Hi everyone,
Dave reported the following:
Sharp Shinned         14
Cooper's                 1
American Kestrel    1
This weather isn't helping migration at all, we need north winds and cooler temps!

Sep 13th - No Title

Today, Hugh reported the following...

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3


Sep 12th - Mostly Sharpies...Mostly.

Hugh's report...

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 12
Merlin - 1
Total - 13

Dave, Hugh, and lots of kids.


Sep 10th - 3 More Birds

Today, Hugh had the following...

Turkey Vulture - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Merlin - 1


It's Broad-winged Hawk Time!

Just a heads-up to anyone heading to Rosetta over the next week or so.  When you can, watch in the distance over the trees on the north side (over Kingston Road) of the park for kettling Broad-wings.  It's one of the most beautiful scenes that you'll ever see during migration time.  Of course, NW winds are your best chance to see them.  Good strong gusting NW winds will put them right over the park!  Good luck!