17820Matador Area Birds
- Oct 21, 2009It was an odd day in that there didn't seem to be a lot of birds around. And yet..
At 8:00 A.M., the juncos all started clicking away, and I looked up to see a juvenile Merlin high in a poplar. It let me walk under the tree and past before leisurely (for a Merlin) flying toward the barns.
At noon I caught the first Northern Shrike of the fall, a plump juvenile.
At 4:00 P.M. I briefly watched three late season female Red-winged Blackbirds at the lagoon as they moved up and down through the cat-tails.
At 5:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. I got to handle first a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk and then a young adult Sharp-shinned Hawk, both females in good shape.
At dusk, one of the juvenile Great Horned Owls started squawking and hasn't stopped for the last three and a half hours. It keeps changing perches, sometimes just a few metres from the house.
Meanwhile the saw-whets were arriving in pairs.
Not bad for a "slow" bird day.
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