I decided to take advantage of the warm updrafts today and watch for a while this afternoon for raptors passing over our backyard (Ellis Hollow Rd, Opp. Dodge Rd) The highlights were: a magnificent Bald Eagle sailing from (limited) horizon to horizon without a wing-beat; two Sharpshinned hawks spiraling up locally and then zooming southwards; a Cooper's Hawk doing the same; and some high Turkey Vultures smoothly sailing south. The most moving sight is to see lone Monarch butterflies battling their way south, high up. Yesterday evening at about 6pm while I was watching Monarchs fluttering south, one little dot resolved into an awesome Merlin flying south straight as an arrow with powerful fast wing beats.

Nari Mistry

Nari B. Mistry, Ithaca, NY
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