Continuing the Broad-winged Hawk theme, today in the District I saw 1250 Broad-wings between 3:20 and 5:15. At my first stop along the Potomac, I found 9 species of raptors and 960 Broad-wings. Later in Rock Creek Park there were a minimum of 290. Other birds of note were a pair of Northern Harriers, high in the sky, moving south along the river.
In other news, the District's first fall Black-headed Gull continued to perform throughout the day for those who brought it treats (whole-grain pita chips worked great for me) at the Georgetown Waterfront Park. This is the first record entered into e-bird since 1983, although I have been told that there was another one reported by a kayaker on the Anacostia many years ago, but since 1983. This morning it arrived at 7:45am and both nights it has been gone by about 6:15pm.
-- Hugh McGuinness Washington, D.C.
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