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 B. Mistry, Ithaca, NY
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