Monday, March 23, 2009

Crossbills, redpolls, a shrike and two eagles

Here's one of the 20 or so White-winged Crossbills that were seen near the hawk platform today. The smaller flock of Red Crossbills was also still there.

Near the feeders around the Gift Shop today was this Northern Shrike. In the Common Redpoll flock at the feeders was a beautiful adult male Hoary.

Raptor numbers remain low: only two Golden Eagles today. A single adult showed up around 11:50 AM, cruising low in easterly direction. Seven minutes later, two adults were seen on the same trajectory. One of them briefly landed in a tall pine not far from the platform, but was almost immediately accosted and escorted out of the area by two American Crows. The counter assumed that one of these two eagles was the same individual seen minutes earlier, but there may have been three birds - who knows?

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