Today, the diversity was high, but only 1 new species were added for the season, Tundra Swan. Highlights from today include:
10 raptor species including a Short-eared Owl, a light morph Rough-legged Hawk,
a good count of 25 Turkey Vultures
and all three expectable falcons (American Kestrel, Merlin & Peregrine Falcon) including this Merlin eating what appears to be a junco!
86 Sandhill Cranes were counted (still migrating), an Oregon subspecies Dark-eyed Junco came to the feeders, a whopping 1168 Rusty Blackbirds flew by, a flock of 84 Greater White-fronted Geese flew by, 30 Tundra Swans flew west far inland & 2 Mute Swans flew east over the lake, and
7 Bonaparte’s Gulls were resting on the beach in the morning.
Even though only one new species was added today, check out this excellent list!
Below are a few additional pictures from today…