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It was wonderful to start removing some clothes. Red-shouldered and Shar-shinned Hawk were new to the count. Other new birds were 2 Common Loons, 7 Canada Geese and a Lapland Longspur. Great weather and an early S wind but no river of birds. But a fun day in the sun. Today’s count

DATE TOTAL TV BE SS CH NG RS RT RL GE
20-Apr 58 21 15 1 1 1 2 15 1 1

Got 1.5 hours in today after the snow and fog. Nice tiny run of Bald Eagles and Red-taileds with sunshine, warmth and a mild NNW wind. Southerly wind and warmth have been lacking. April’s count so far:

DATE TOTAL TV BE NG RT GE ML PG
1-Apr 0
2-Apr 1 1
3-Apr 10 10
4-Apr 10 7 1 2
5-Apr 12 11 1
6-Apr 2 2
7-Apr 4 2 2
8-Apr 8 6 1 1
9-Apr 7 1 3 1 2
10-Apr 25 1 21 2 1
11-Apr 28 4 19 5
12-Apr 13 9 4
120 6 91 2 14 4 1 2

Shack II

The shack lets me know when the wind rises to a 4 on the Beaufort scale by doing a shimmy. Kudos to Bill D for storing, maintaining and hauling the shack to the site.

Today was almost balmy: mild wind and staying near 32 and a clear sky. First bird of the day was a male Merlin. The Merlin and Peregrine were both first for the season. April Count so far,

DATE TOTAL BE NG RT GE ML PG
1-Apr 0
2-Apr 1 1
3-Apr 10 10
4-Apr 10 7 1 2
5-Apr 12 11 1
6-Apr 2 2
7-Apr 4 2 2
8-Apr 7 6 1 1
Total 46 39 1 1 4 1 1

Love for the shack

It is not a “Love Shack”. Maybe sometimes a party shack. I found an empty six pack of Keweenaw Brewery’s Widow Maker in it after a snow day off. I’m sure there was a designated driver. The shack is about equal to 3 normal size closets back to back to back. A good size of plexiglass on all 4 sides and a door that closes. It was cold and very windy today and without the shack I don’t know how a count could happen. I prefer not being in the shack because of having a better field of view outside but for 2 days in a row the shack was critical. Did I mention it has a comfy swivel chair? Love the Shack, Bob

March is gone but winter is not

March 31 and April 1 were lost to snow and for the most part so was today. The count totals for March are at the end of this post. March had 4 good flight days. March 25,26 & 28 all had strong wind with a southerly component and the high temperatures were all above freezing. The largest flight, Mar 28, had a high temp of 8 C. The fourth good flight day had NW winds and a high temp of 6 C, the second warmest day of the season. March had 2.5 days lost to snow and or fog.

DATE TOTAL BE NH CH NG RT RL GE
15-Mar 0
16-Mar 0
17-Mar 36 35 1
18-Mar 4 3 1
19-Mar 2 2
20-Mar 8 7 1
21-Mar 2 2
22-Mar 3 3
23-Mar 5 3 1 1
24-Mar 2 1 1
25-Mar 24 22 2
26-Mar 20 20
27-Mar 0
28-Mar 85 77 2 1 4 1
29-Mar 5 5
30-Mar 0
31-Mar 0
TOTAL 196 180 0 2 2 5 1 6

Brockway Mt today

Robust southerly winds sent some birds. A fun day. Bob

DATE COUNTER(S) TOTAL BE CH NG RT RL GE
15-Mar Bob Baez 0
16-Mar Bob Baez 0
17-Mar Bob Baez 36 35 1
18-Mar Bob Baez 4 3 1
19-Mar Joe Youngman 2 2
20-Mar Bob Baez 8 7 1
21-Mar Bob Baez 2 2
22-Mar Bob Baez 3 3
23-Mar Bob Baez 5 3 1 1
24-Mar Bob Baez 2 1 1
25-Mar Bob Baez 24 22 2
26-Mar Joe Youngman 20 20
27-Mar no count FOG 0
28-Mar 85 77 2 1 4 1
TOTAL 191 175 2 2 5 1 6

post from Bob

Hi, I am Bob the new counter. With healthy southerly winds on Sunday and Monday the Bald Eagles were moving. 22 east moving birds on Sunday and 20 today with Joe Youngman doing the count. A southerly south component to the wind is sweet especially with a bit of warmth. The count started on 15 March and the eastbound numbers are

DATE TOTAL BE NG RT RL GE
15-Mar 0
16-Mar 0
17-Mar 33 32 1
18-Mar 4 3 1
19-Mar 2 2
20-Mar 8 7 1
21-Mar 2 2
22-Mar 3 3
23-Mar 5 3 1 1
24-Mar 2 1 1
25-Mar 24 22 2
26-Mar 20 20
TOTAL 103 95 1 1 1 5

 

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