Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Early Novembirds

Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus...honestly!
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  Things started slowly, on a morning crisp enough to remind my facial extremities of wintrier times. After almost 20 birdless minutes, I finally encountered near-countable numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos on the western edge of NDN, with an American Tree Sparrow tucked in. Soon after, a Northern Harrier slipped high overhead, and the NDN north woods held several Fox Sparrows, frustratingly expert skulkers, as usual.
  Later on, a commotion erupted atop a dead, holey tree, as a swarm of ‘dees and ‘hatches mobbed an unseen threat within. Eastern Screech Owl perhaps? Only the ‘dees know for sure, only the ‘dees.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), November 1, 2017
Cooper’s Hawk-1
Northern Harrier-(1 male vizzed south)
Ring-billed Gull-(4 near Decelles)
Downy Woodpecker-2 (1)
American Crow-6 (4)
Black-capped Chickadee-30+ (11)
White-breasted Nuthatch-5 (1)
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2
Winter Wren-2
Golden-crowned Kinglet-4 (2)
Hermit Thrush-3
American Robin-6+ overhead, (7)
Northern Cardinal-10+ (2)
American Tree Sparrow-(1 on the western edge of NDN)
Song Sparrow-1 on Mountain View
Fox Sparrow-12+ on Mountain View, (4 in the north woods)
White-throated Sparrow-25+
Dark-eyed Junco-50+ (45+)
House Sparrow-(4 just outside Decelles entrance – They count! They count!)
American Goldfinch-5 overhead, (3 overhead)
+1 Red Fox

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