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Sightings From September 2013

September 24, 2013

Merlin in flight

Merlin in flight

The fast-flying merlin, caught in action by Bill Moses.

September 23, 2013

Cedar waxings

Cedar waxings

A flock of cedar waxwings captured passing the lookout. Photo by Bill Moses.

September 22, 2013

American kestrel

American kestrel

Do we watch the birds, or do the birds watch us? I think it's the later, at least with this American kestrel photographed by Bill Moses

September 17, 2013

Cedar Waxwings at North Lookout

Cedar Waxwings at North Lookout

Photo of cedar waxwings resting in the trees at the North Lookout by Bill Moses.

September 17, 2013

Osprey with fish

Osprey with fish

Osprey migration peaks in mid September, and this long-distance raptor can often be seen carring a fish, as photographed here by Bill Moses.

September 17, 2013

red-shouldered hawk

red-shouldered hawk

Red-shouldered hawk in flight by Bill Moses

September 14, 2013

Eagle antics

Eagle antics

Four bald eagles entertained the lookout crowd soaring and swooping in front of the rocks for quite some time on Saturday, September 14. This photo of some of the eagle antics was caught by Brian Moroney.

September 14, 2013

monarch on ironweed

monarch on ironweed

A monarch butterfly stopped to grab some nectar from the ironweed in the Native Plant Garden. This was one of two spotted on Sept 13, just in time for the Monarch Day event on Sept 14 and 15!

September 13, 2013

red spotted eft

red spotted eft

Bill Moses caught this photo of a red-spotted newt in the eft stage, seen here walking along the Lookout Trail.

September 13, 2013

osprey in flight

osprey in flight

September is the peak of osprey migration. This osprey photo was shared by Brian Moroney.

September 7, 2013

Slaty Skimmer sept 7

Slaty Skimmer sept 7

A slaty skimmer was identified with the help of expert Dr. Michael May, visiting the Sanctuary to present a dragonfly ID workshop.

September 3, 2013

Peregrine soaring

Peregrine soaring

Counters and visitors who stayed late the afternoon of Sept 3 were treated to an incredible 2-hour air show courtesy of a pair of immature peregrine falcons. No turkey vulture was safe from their "attention"; they even went as far as pulling feathers from one and knocking another raptor from the sky. When not harassing vultures, they were harassing each other, traveling up the ridge and back. With Bake Oven Knob reporting a peregrine exhibiting similar behavior just the other day, could there be a couple of peregrine "terrorists" patrolling the ridge? Vultures beware! This photo by Bill Moses shows one of the culprits.

September 2, 2013

black rat snake by Ibrahim Salman

black rat snake by Ibrahim Salman

Our most common reptile, the black rat snake can be seen along trails in search of chipmunks and other small mammals. This one was seen by our trainee Ibrahim Salman.

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