Date: 10/8/17 7:51 pm From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Subject: [ia-bird] Osprey explosion at High Trestle Trail Hawkwatch
We had a very good day at the 6th annual Hawkwatch, held at the High Trestle Trail bridge between Madrid and Woodward, in southern Boone County. We don't have all total numbers compiled yet, but we observed at least 11 raptor species between 10 AM & 4 PM, the biggest diversity in the history of this event.
Most amazing perhaps were *13 Ospreys*--more than ever recorded at this Hawkwatch. Also good were *5 Peregrine Falcons*, *3 Merlins* & *4 Northern Harriers*. All species appeared to be in a steady southern migration down the Des Moines River valley.
The day was really better-than-expected, given mid-80s temp, strong SW winds, and near-insanity causing bites by thousands of pirate bugs (aka "no-see-ums"). But event co-hosts Bruce and Marlene Ehresman, Pat Schlarbaum, Eric Ollie, Matt Wetrich and myself still managed to survive and may consider this perhaps the best Hawkwatch in our 6 years at this location.