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  • Jeff Bouton
    Folks today the Florida Keys Hawkwatch had their best day of the season following passage of the front and stronger NW winds! With two days left in September
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 28 7:44 PM
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      Folks today the Florida Keys Hawkwatch had their best day of the season following passage of the front and stronger NW winds! With two days left in September they already haver the third highest September count total and if flights remain consistent over the next few days may well move this to the second highest total. The best September count for Peregrine Falcons was 629 recorded back in '01. At present they are at 553 this year and tallied 75 & 163 over the past 2 days respectively!

      You can follow the daily counts along with some weather data and other highlight species on the daily reports on the HMANA website here:
      http://hawkcount.org/month_summary.php?rsite=583

      Read the nice report from the "non raptor report" 2 days ago: 
      "Parula
      Palm
      Prairie
      Black-throated Blue
      Worm-eating
      Chestnut-sided
      Bay-breasted
      Hooded (at least 4)
      Cape May
      Black-and-white
      Swainson's Warblers
      Ovenbird
      Northern Waterthrush
      Red-eyed Vireo
      White-eyed Vireo
      Veery (various)
      Swainson's Thrush (various)
      Rose-breasted Grosbeak
      Dickcissel (at least 2)
      Bobolink
      One of the most interesting details was watching a male Hooded Warbler catch a small Brown Anole, of about an inch in length, and swallow it whole. I have never seen such behavior before."

      Take a stab at the todays photo quiz showing a composite of 1 quiz species on their Facebook page here:
      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2468382034156&set=o.105695709529303&type=1&theater

      Or follow the daily blog posts on their website here:
      http://floridakeyshawkwatch.wordpress.com

      Why mention this now?... Well according to the weather channel the winds are SUPPOSED to remain northerly through at least the weekend. This should result in more stellar flight s as was seen today. So if you hadn't decided what you wanted to do this weekend yet!... :)

      I'll just close by saying the highest Peregrine count ever recorded here was on 1 October 2003 when 521 Peregrine Falcons were tallied.  Who knows, maybe this year the peak day will be higher... just sayin'!

      Good birding,

      Jeff Bouton
      Port Charlotte, FL
      (and enjoying the count virtually from northern NJ)
      jbouton2@...

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