Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MA - yard harrier - 10/12

A nice mild dawn this morning and the first one without fog in almost a week. Lots of White-throated and Song Sparrows singing and calling from the yard at first light, along with a couple of fly-over Savannah Sparrows. An American Woodcock flew over the yard giving 'chitter' calls, my first here since the spring.

An immature Northern Harrier flopped steadily SW over the yard at 07:35hrs being pursued by about 65 mobbing Red-winged Blackbirds. The blackbirds eventually gave up leaving the harrier to continue migrating unmolested heading for Turner's Falls. This would be about the fifth migrant harrier that we've had over the yard since moving in September 2010.


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