Waterfowl departs – few good birds – Great Hawk Watch

Its now getting late for shore birds in the mountains, but this Pectoral Sandpiper at the SCCC was a nice find on 10/28

What a difference a day makes. I checked most of the water in the county this morning (10/28) and found almost nothing on the water. Even the Ruddy Ducks were gone from most places. At Sullivan County Community College I found an interesting mix of birds. There were seven Killdeer, ten American Pipits and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER. They were the only birds of interest seen this morning. The Hawk Watch was exceptional however. I started at 10 am thinking I may stay just a short time. Six hours later, I had had a great day. Here is a list of Raptores seen:

Turkey Vulture – 7 (3 migrants)
Black Vulture – 4
Bald Eagle – 2 adult resident birds
Northern Harrier – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 6
Cooper’s Hawk – 2
Northern Goshawk – 2
Red-shouldered Hawk – 3
Red-tailed Hawk – 57
GOLDEN EAGLES – 4 (Immature 10:05 am, Immature and Adult 1:30 pm, Adult 2:42pm)

That’s a nice day of hawk watching!

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