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April 29

A warm and south wind day brought lots of variety and the highest, but still modest, count of the season. Canada Geese had a big count of 7,680. I think it was much higher but the raptor count took priority. 63 Sandhill Cranes. 4 species of buteos. Deb Mues did the count yesterday and she remarked how the ravens harrassed the Rough-legged Hawks with vigor. The ravens have been going at Bald Eagles and occasionally Red-taileds but save their best for Golden Eagles and roughies. Today’s count:

DATE TOTAL TV OS BE NH SS CH RS BW RT RL GE AK PG
29-Apr 343 44 4 34 11 64 2 1 53 89 30 1 6 4

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