Friday, October 5, 2012
Raptor Migration Slow Again Today
Today I did 4 hours of monitoring from Vesper Point, and saw only one raptor island hopping. An immature Northern Harrier flew from Lasqueti Island to West Ballenas Island. Upon reaching the island, it was mobbed by two Common Ravens that drove it down behind the far side of the island. In the following three hours, I did not see it leave West Ballenas, so I have no idea where it was headed.
There were 678 Pacific Loons in the waters around Vesper Point this morning, and a few returning Red-necked Grebes and Harlequin Ducks. Golden-crowned Sparrows and American Pipits flitted about on the rocks at Vesper Point.