Saturday September 20, was the first day of Hawkfest at Lake Erie Metropark. After 170,000 Broad-winged Hawks were counted earlier in the week, Saturday's count yielded more visitors than birds. One of the attractions of the festival is the close-up views of raptors provided by members of the Michigan Hawking Club.
The Red-tailed Hawk in the photo below belongs to Mark Tomich. I met Mark back in July when he and Dave Hogan returned a rehabilitated young Peregrine Falcon that had earlier fallen from its nest area at my soon-to-be-former workplace. Turned out that I have known Mark's brother Blaze since the mid-80's, when we were both worked in an aluminum fabricating factory.
|Size comparison of Bald Eagle and Broad-winged Hawk|
Since Saturday I've had quite a few good birds visit my yard. First up, Swainson's Thrush early Saturday morning
Sunday afternoon I spotted a Common Nighthawk fly over.
Saturday and Monday mornings another Blackpoll Warbler visited the yard.
|Out of the Sycamore and into the berry patch|
Now for the insects
|Green Darner on American Boneset|
|Honeybee in flgiht|
|Bumblebee on New England Aster|
|Caterpillar worming its way into the photo|