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Old Thursday 9th November 2017, 15:36   #51
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Thankfully, when I counted raptors over my house on Tuesday, I wrote down the totals in my notebook (paper, not a phone app!) where they will not be lost in cyberspace like the last count.

Here are the numbers of raptors and other migrants noted: Turkey Vulture (32), Red-shouldered Hawk (8), Red-tailed Hawk (4), Buteo sp (10), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1), Cooper's Hawk (1), Accipiter sp (2), and raptor sp (2, one of which I only had a brief view of but looked like a Golden Eagle), Canada Goose (591), goose sp (330, all extremely distant), blackbird sp (several hundred), and crow sp (32+).

Dark-eyed Juncos are here in full force. I saw 10+ in the yard this morning.

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Old Sunday 12th November 2017, 01:43   #52
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I made it to my local reservoir today and found it very active again.

Migrants/highlights included Canada Goose (estimated 90), Gadwall (5), Mallard (5), American Black Duck (17), Green-winged Teal (2), Bufflehead (4), Common Merganser (5), duck sp (6), Ring-billed Gull (estimated 170), Herring Gull (1), Lesser Black-backed Gull (4), American Robin (estimated 30+), Gray Catbird (1, late), European Starling (estimated 1100, a highlight because of the number!), American Pipit (1), Cedar Waxwing (17), Yellow-rumped Warbler (2), Field Sparrow (1), White-throated Sparrow (2+), Song Sparrow (3), Swamp Sparrow (1), Common Grackle (estimated 65), blackbird sp (estimated 50), and Purple Finch (1, first of season, brief but decent views of a female type, a bit rare considering this is a non-irruption year for the species!).

Here's a link to a digiscoped Bufflehead picture:

https://download.ams.birds.cornell.e...sfp=3488324974

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Old Wednesday 15th November 2017, 03:13   #53
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Another trip to my local reservoir revealed much the same birds, with a few differences.

Highlights/migrants included Canada Goose (estimated 500), Gadwall (6), American Black Duck (11), Green-winged Teal (21), Bufflehead (3), Common Merganser (4), duck sp (4), Ring-billed Gull (estimated 35), Lesser Black-backed Gull (2), American Robin (estimated 60), Cedar Waxwing (estimated 15), Yellow-rumped Warbler (1), Fox Sparrow (1, first of year!), White-throated Sparrow (1+), Song Sparrow (1), and sparrow sp (4+).
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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 23:40   #54
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I made to Hawk Mountain for the afternoon yesterday.

It was a bit slow, but I had crushing views of a subadult Golden Eagle. That made my day!

I didn't keep track of the numbers (besides one Northern Harrier), but Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Sharp-shinned, and Cooper's Hawks were recorded, as well as a few Bald Eagles. Songbird action was light, with a single flock of 12 Cedar Waxwings.
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Old Thursday 30th November 2017, 00:35   #55
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Not sure how many (if any) more reports I'll give. Much migration is winding down, with the exception of ducks, gulls, and a few hardy raptors. I suspect I'll only report again if I find/see something unusual.

If I don't post on this thread again, many thanks to those who followed along! It certainly is one of my favorite times of the year.
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