Date: 11/7/17 2:53 pm From: John Weeks <aerie.john...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 Golden Eagles -- Blueberry Hill, Granville
Two juvenile golden eagles, flying together, passed my old hawkwatch site this afternoon. A gray ghost (male harrier) also contributed to making it a red-letter day. There was a small, but not insignificant, late flight of buteos and accipiters as well.
Full eBird report is below.
Blueberry Hill, Hampden County, Massachusetts, US Nov 7, 2017 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments: A first for Blueberry Hill: two juvenile Golden Eagles, moving south together. The gray ghost (male Harrier) made it a trifecta. Observers: Dick Haas and John Weeks. 23 species
Canada Goose 2 Common Merganser 5 Common Loon 1 Black Vulture 1 Seen well. In two groups, made up of two birds and four birds, respectively. We see BLVU here regularly. Turkey Vulture 3 Seen well. These three seemed uninterested in going south; they loitered in the area. Golden Eagle 2 Two juvenile Golden Eagles, flying together, and seen quite well. Tail pattern, white patches at base of primaries, small head, slight dihedral posture of wings (with upturned tips) -- all characters tally. The two moved southward slowly and circled several times, affording us many good views. GOEA are regular, though very uncommon, fall visitors to the site. Northern Harrier 1 Flew directly overhead. Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 Cooper's Hawk 4 Seen well. This appears to be the tail-end of the accipiter migration, a couple of weeks later than usual. Bald Eagle 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 15 Seen well (through telescope). Other sites (notably Quaker Ridge in Greenwich, CT) are also reporting late flights with numerous birds. Red-tailed Hawk 26 Barred Owl 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 4 American Crow 10 Common Raven 2 Black-capped Chickadee 4 Tufted Titmouse 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Common Grackle 1 American Goldfinch 12