Date: 1/28/18 11:24 am From: cynthia burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Subject: Northern Harrier, 4 Red-Shouldered Hawks, Pine Siskins
I set out at 11:30 this morning to bird the pasture edges. Right off the bat I saw 7 Flickers fly up from the an area near the barn, one after another. Next there were 2 pairs of Bluebirds on the corral fence. A Downy woodpecker and Crow made themselves heard. About 15 Doves flew up from the field behind the pond, and a similar number of Juncos were in the trees around the pond. Then I heard a Red-Shouldered Hawk, then a second one...and here they came, flying out in the open over the field. While watching them, I heard still another one, which then made its appearance. So now I was watching (and hearing) 3 Red-Shouldered Hawks, when I saw another large bird, brownish, with a distinctive wing stroke and flap-flap-flap-glide pattern. I had my suspicions, but it took several sightings before I saw the white rump ...a Northern Harrier! When I turned my attention back to the Red-Shouldered Hawks, a 4th one had joined them! A red-letter day for raptors at our farm!
This morning there were 95 (yes, I counted them) Pine Siskins at the feeder.
Cynthia BurkhartRitchie County, WV