September 4, 2009:
Another couple of slow days at Hornsby. Thursday, Sept 3, I did not see a
single migrating raptor. Other birds were slow as well. I think the
highlight of the day was the first American Coot of my season, on Pond
Today, Sept. 4, was only marginally better. It was very humid and
uncomfortable, with no wind, so trying to stay focused was difficult. I only
found 2 Mississippi Kites as far as migrators, and both were very high and
hard to see. The raptor highlight of the week so far has been an immature
Cooper's Hawk that came sailing down the road from 1-West and went directly
over the Hawk Watch canopy, and across Pond 2 into the trees. Watch out, all
you Yellow Warblers and Red-wings! The only other noteable raptor I found
was a single Swainson's Hawk that seemed to be hanging around the hayfield
in back of the CER building, where they were cutting hay the past few days.
2 dark Ibis flew out of Pond 1-West late in the day, and Claude Morris
reported an immature White Ibis, but I never got to see it. There are still
many Stilts and other shorebirds, including a small flotilla of Wilson's
Phalaropes. I only saw 1 Avocet yesterday, and none today.
Tomorrow I will try to get out early, about 9:30-ish if possible, and stay
til 3:30 or 4. It all depends on the weather, and if I'm picking up any
birds! Right now, I'm kind of praying for rain!