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
Thank you to Hugh and Elizabeth Kent, our count coordinators, for their
expertise today! Also thank you to John Barns for the quick visit to the
top of the tower.
A pleasant day on the tower with temperatures staying the mid 20 degrees
Celsius. Winds were stronger today and blowing from the South-West and
West. The sky was mostly cloudy and did bring us a small shower in the
middle of the afternoon, but after the rain, the clouds parted and we ended
the day under a beautiful blue sky.
Migration is slowly picking up, as we made it to the double digits with 10
raptors flying over today. All three falcon species; American Kestrel,
Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon we're counted. We also spent a portion of the
afternoon excitedly observing a local Peregrine Falcon diving at the
resident Ospreys and Bald Eagles over the marsh. Also migrating through
were a Cooper's Hawks, a Northern Harrier, and a few Sharp-shinned Hawks,
the last of which flew right above our heads offering us a great look.
Today's main highlight came from a Prothonotary Warbler seen at the base of
the tower fluttering close to the pond. Here's to hoping it will come back
for another visit!
Other passerines included Magnolia Warblers, Black-and-White Warblers,
Warbling Vireos, and Red-eyed Vireos.
Swallows were also in abundance, with the usual suspects being Purple
Martins and Tree Swallows, but today we also counted over a hundred Barn
Swallows and a few Cliff and Bank Swallows. Mixed among the swallows, we
counted 43 Chimney Swifts.
On the marsh, hidden between the Mute Swans you could spot a few American
Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, Hooded Mergansers.
Tomorrow we are expecting another warm and sunny day with mild winds from
the South once again. Even with less favourable winds, we are hoping
raptors such as Sharp-shinned Hawks, American Kestrel, and Merlins will
keep migrating towards us and fly close to the tower.
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
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