Date: 10/23/18 5:42 pm From: Daniel Mason <millipede1977...> Subject: more yard birds
More yard work birding... been doing that a lot lately. It's frustrating at times. It's difficult to do both at once.
Today I had a bird fly over while my binoculars and camera were sitting in another part of the yard. There was no way to go get them as this raptor had a very deliberate and steady course across the sky. It had the overall impression of an accipiter, best explanation I could give... but, it was BIG... a big bird headed north... too sleek to be a buteo... too big to be an accipiter... started having ideas of something like a falcon... I really have no idea. Straight line across the sky... slow and steady wing beats, no gliding.
Also saw some birds that might have been gulls... they were WAY up there. Some were in formation, most were not. Even with binoculars these were too small to get good looks at. The wings looked darker to me but, could have been the lighting and distance. They were flying in a north west direction just like the franklin gulls that came through the other day.
We have had a red-breasted nuthatch the past couple days... eating from the sunflower seeds. Today a second came in and scared it, chased it... and later, they were both around flycatching from a large hickory tree in the yard. Saw about 28 species in the yard today I think. It's been good.
Yesterday I had two ruby-crowned kinglets land about 2 feet from my face while I was hiding in a bush. That was pretty amazing to watch up so close. I'm not sure why they were so interested in me.