Saturday, April 25, 2009

Slow day

After yesterday's impressive hawk flight, I imagined there would be at least some movement under less than ideal conditions, between showers. That did happen early morning, but the flight petered out quickly and never really regained its strength in the afternoon, even though the weather wasn't that bad later on.

There were interesting birds around on Whitefish Point today, as the other WPBO blogs have already highlighted. One of them was this Short-eared Owl, pictured above.

Interesting I thought was the sighting of three Merlins in the first hour of the count, presumably yesterday's leftovers. Other raptors counted today included 3 Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, 2 Bald Eagles, 6 Northern Harriers, 13 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 4 Red-tailed Hawks, 4 Rough-legged Hawks, and 7 American Kestrels.

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