Flying Redtail and a Herring Gull: November 16, 2021

Both morning and afternoon groups had a flyover of Red-tailed Hawks today at Marie Curtis Park and heard their squealing calls.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

The two groups also saw a solitary Herring Gull. These pink-footed birds are considerably larger than Ring-billed Gulls.

Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Herring Gull

There was much excitement in the afternoon with Hermit Thrush, Red-bellied Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker all being seen in the woods.

Hermit Thrush
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)

Other birds:

Ring-billed Gulls
Mallard and American Wigeon (male)
European Starlings
American Black Duck
hybrid “Bib” duck
Ring-billed Gull
Canada Geese
Ring-billed Gull
Wood Duck (male) and Mallard / Black Duck hybrid
Mallards and Black Duck / Mallard hybrid
Wood Duck (male)

Other views:

Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)

10 am group:

1 pm group:

NATURE POETRY

Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite
All are on their rounds to-night,—
In the wan moon’s silver ray
Thrives their helter-skelter play.                  – Joel Benton (1832–1911)

Miles Hearn

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