The first two days of October were rather uneventful. A rainy day on 1 October allowed counters and others to re-group (do laundry) and prepare (more laundry) for the next onslaught of migrants! The second was very quiet with only 28 raptors tallied. A late Common Nighthawk was observed on the afternoon of the second making multiple passes at a Monarch butterfly, but repeatedly decided against ingesting it. That evening brought a drastic change in weather with very strong NW winds, rain, and falling temperatures. The cold front had arrived!
|American Robin. Tens of thousands of these beautiful birds washed over Duluth in the past week.|
A three day total of 43,543 American Robins (peak flight of 23,395 on 4 October).
A three day total of 7,811 Rusty Blackbirds (peak flight of 4,956 on 4 October).
405 Northern Flickers on 4 October.
Over 4,000 warblers (mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers, but with good numbers of Palm Warblers and quite a bit of straggling diversity) on 4 October.
Literally thousands of sparrows (especially White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos but with good numbers of Fox and White-crowned Sparrows) lining streets and yards throughout the city.
494 Purple Finches on 5 October.
Over 100 Golden-crowned Kinglets on 5 October.
|Immature Red-tailed Hawk. Note the pale primary panels (it helps to squint a bit) and banded tail.|
The peak flight of the last week was 1,816 raptors on 5 October. Highlights of the day included 277 Bald Eagles, 752 Sharp-shinned Hawks, and the first Rough-legged Hawk of the season, an adult female. Red-tailed Hawks also put in their best showing to date with 187 tallied and small numbers of Broad-winged Hawks are still straggling through.
Raptor flights from 4-6 October produced three day totals of 1,909 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 515 Bald Eagles, and 238 American Kestrels among 3831 raptors!
Here are a few photos from the past week or so to take it away...
|Merlin bombing past the platform|
|Six Snow and four Ross's Geese. Note the smaller bill and shorter neck of the Ross's Geese.|
|Red-breasted Nuthatch casting it's gaze down the ridge|
|Male Black-backed Woodpecker!|