Saturday, November 1, 2008

Highlights: Northern Cardinals
Short-eared Owl

It was an absolutely beautiful, crisp November day. Tim had a Short-eared Owl come in off the lake first thing this morning. A male and a female Northern Cardinal found their way to the feeders in the late morning. As people familiar with the flight at the Point know, some days the birds mill around to the extent that it becomes very difficult to put a number on the birds. Today was one of those days, but there was surely well over 1,000 Pine Siskin, over 300 American Goldfinch, and around 125 White-winged Crossbill. Common Redpoll numbers increased a bit, and there were again Pine and Evening Grosbeaks present. Two Northern Shrikes headed out over the lake in the afternoon. Other sightings included; Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin, Great Black-backed Gull, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Snow Bunting, American Tree Sparrow, and Lapland Longspur.

Common Redpoll

Pine Siskin

Red-breasted Merganser

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