Date: 10/9/17 12:24 pm From: Jon King <jonking030...> Subject: Re: Hawks and Monarchs
I was also outside around noon today in Lawrence, and like Gregg, I noted ~ 1 Hawk per minute passing overhead. In total I had ~25 Turkey Vultures, ~15 Red-tailed Hawks (all borealis except for one that in some ways suggested abieticola), 3 Kestrels, 3 Harriers, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, and 1 Bald Eagle. That's not bad for a suburban area in Lawrence.
Earlier this morning I had two flocks of White-fronted Geese (FOS) passing over the house. Also passing over this morning were the following migrants: 1 Pine Siskin, 1 Horned Lark, Blue Jays, 1 Flicker, and 1 Swainson's Hawk.
Yesterday three Meadowlarks flew over the yard, suggesting they were migrating, as you won't find them otherwise in the middle of Lawrence. Earlier yesterday morning Matt Longabaugh and I walked at the Baker Wetlands. Sparrow numbers were rather disappointing for this time of year (esp. Swamp and Savannah which should be abundant there right now).
Clearly a lot of things are on the move with this front coming in. The high tomorrow is projected to be ~25 F cooler than the high today when I checked this morning.
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> On Oct 9, 2017, at 1:57 PM, G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...> wrote:
> I'll double up on listservs for birds and butterflies. In my lunch hour
> walk today I had about 1 hawk per minute flying south with most so high I
> could not make out what they were. The one's I could were all Swainson's
> Hawks (odd they were not in a kettle with others). One unidentified hawk
> went into a stoop from very high and I lost track of him when he hit tree
> line. Wings were folded back and he dropped fast from very high. Fun to
> watch. Interspersed with the hawks were many Monarch butterflies also
> flying south.
> Gregg Friesen
> Newton (Harvey County)
> Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
> Newton, KS
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