Hawk Count-August 27th

Raptors:  Scattered rain showers in the morning, followed by strong southwest winds throughout the afternoon led to a low yield in the raptor department today.  Highlights included an Osprey and Northern Harrier cruising over the straits as low as possible against the 17 mph winds.  The first Turkey Vultures were seen from the count site albeit not countable birds.

Non-raptors:  Like the raptors, few passerines were around today.  The best was once again an Olive-sided Flycatcher that briefly dropped in during the afternoon.  72 Cedar Waxwings was the most this season so far.

Monarchs: 14 were recorded.

Best of the next 5 days: Wednesday continues to have conflicting weather forecasts, but regardless of which is forecast is correct, both Wednesday and Thursday are likely to be the best of the next 5 days.