- There were two Hooded Mergansers, one male and one female, at the
Beckstoffer Pond south of Talmadge Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m.
The male's crest was up for a long time as he washed and preened. With
light shining through it was beautiful.
Off Twining Road along a stream I also saw a site where a
Red-shouldered Hawk had recently been devoured - on a thick horizontal
branch about 10 feet off the ground under fairly dense canopy. Feathers
on the ground and in the bushes caught my attention, and, looking up, I
saw a 2-foot section of branch littered with feathers. Who could/would
do that? Great Horned Owl? There was a large nest high in a tree nearby
- possibly an RSHA nest.
Also, in the same spot, I got my first sight of the crown on an
orange-crowned warbler. It was bathing in the stream.