Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagné
Observers: Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Rick Brown
Thank you to Anne and Ron Simpson from Virginia, Jim McCoy, Rick Brown and
Neil for their help today
Our day started with a cool morning and northern winds and a very blue sky.
By the afternoon, the winds had changed directions to the South and almost
completely stopped blowing as the day warmed.
Today was all about the Turkey Vultures, forming kettles very far North of
the tower. By the end of the day we had counted over 1,500 Turkey Vultures!
We are noticing more hawks flying past us, notably Red-shouldered Hawks,
Cooper's Hawks and the last few Broad-winged Hawks of the season.
As usual Sharp-shinned Hawks made their appearance as well as a few
The sky was full today! Blue Jays started strong ans stayed strong all day
and we ended the day with... 55,020 Blue Jays! Big round of applause to Liz
Kent and her mighty clicker for counting the majority of them!
We also counted many Red-winged Blackbirds, Starlings, Cedar Waxwings and
Duck diversity has increased with new species such as Lesser Scaup, Redhead
Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Ruddy Ducks.
Other highlights included 46 Chimney Swifts and 17 Black-bellied Plovers.
Red-winged Blackbirds: 844
Cedar Waxwing: 179
American Goldfinch: 324
Yellow-rumped Warbler: 18
Monarch butterfly: 26
Tomorrow we are expecting a beautiful day with some North-East winds in the
morning. After that, the winds will shift to the East and South-East.
Hopefully, the Turkey Vultures will venture closer to tower and we'll keep
seeing Red-tail and Red-shouldered Hawks coming towards us.
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
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