[Ontbirds]falcons & accipiters and dragonflies

Geoff - Birds avocet at rogers.com
Wed Sep 10 16:35:30 EDT 2008

For the last two days at the Cranberry Hawk Watch in Whitby, thousands of Green & Canada/Lance-tipped Darners have been migrating through. As is common, their migration is closely linked to that of kestrels, which hunt them en route.

This year was no exception as many were taken by the 47 kestrels seen there yesterday and the 13 today. These were always taken on the wing and one kestrel was seen to eat one while flying, by bending over and tearing pieces off the body held in its talons, while in flight. Additionally, Sharp-shinned Hawks were seen taking them today and one Merlin took nine of them and then had a small passerine for dessert in one hour while we watched it today!

Not a good time to be a dragonfly!

The hawk watch is located at the foot of Hall's Road in Whitby

Geoff Carpentier
Ajax, Ontario

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