Weekend Hawk Watching - 20-22 Feb 2011

Pretty good weekend of birding in the s. Wayne Co. / N. Monroe Co. area.  This American Kestrel was digiscoped this afternoon on Rheaume Rd. just east of the entrance to the Rockwood Quarry.  I was about 150' away.

On Sunday morning I decided to make a quick jaunt south before the big storm was to arrive and dump 0.5 - 2" of snow and sleet*.  Campau Rd. was quiet, yielding only a few Northern Cardinals and Black-capped Chickadees

The parking lot was more productive, as open water was now being filled with the likes of Lesser Scaup, Common Mergansers, Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Gadwall, Redhead, Canvasback, American Black Duck, and dozens of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.

Roberts Rd. was a bit slow.  An immature Red-tailed Hawk flew across the road behind the car and got away without being photographed.  As I turned the corner at Rheaume and Roberts Rd. another immature Red-tailed took off from a tree and provided this composite image as it passed by.

Just up the road a third juvenile bird was perched high in a tree and provided a few long-distance images with the D300s.

This afternoon I left work and headed back to the area, taking advantage of the clear skies.  As I drove through McDonald's to pick up a Diet Coke a Peregrine Falcon flew over the building and continued west across Biddle Ave.

As I reached Roberts Rd. a Red-shouldered Hawk flew across the road.  After digiscoping the American Kestrel, I flushed one of the immature Red-tailed Hawks as I drove along Rheaume Rd. but couldn't get a photo. 

At the corner of Roberts Rd. I threw out some seed and was immediately greeted by (3) Song Sparrows, a Northern Cardinal, a pair of White-throated Sparrows, a pair of B-C Chickadees, four American Tree Sparrows, and a Dark-eyed Junco.  The late afternoon sunlight provided some nice color for this Song Sparrow.

As I drove out Roberts Rd. I spotted an immature Rough-legged Hawk far out in the field to my right.  Too far to digiscope, I hunched by the side of the road and enjoyed 5 minutes of nice views through the spotting scope.

Returning north, a quick stop by Pt. Mouillee HQ yielded 8 Hooded Mergansers, a 2nd year Great Black-backed Gull, the aforementioned ducks, and a pair of Bufflehead.

* - Our local, crack team of Doppler weather forecasters were a bit off; we ended up getting 8-12" of snow...


Rhonda said…
Oh, I love all these birds, so rapturous, the lot!

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