Great day in Orange County!

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This morning I got word from Bruce Nott that he had relocated the LINCOLN’S SPARROW on Onion Avenue that he had found yesterday.  I zoomed down to see it.  It took us a while, but Bruce found it again.  Great bird and very unusual in winter.  We spent some time with the sparrows and then Bruce went to check on another bird he had heard about while I went to Indiana Road.  It was very active there today.  I had two Northern Harriers, a Rough-legged Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk.  There were many Horned Lark.  As I scanned through them, I first spotted three Snow Buntings.  As I continued, I found a LAPLAND LONGSPUR!! The birds were flushed by one of the Harriers.  I followed them around a bit and eventually found the Longspur again.  As I watched it and tried to get some photos a second Longspur joined it.  I had let Bruce know and he arrived shortly afterword.  We had great scope views and eventually got some identifiable shots of the birds.  We finally decided to leave, and as I headed out the road, I spotted a flock of American Goldfinch.  I checked to see if there might be a Siskin among them and to my surprise, there was a COMMON REDPOLL!  I called Bruce who was a ways behind me and he came right up.  It took a few minutes, but we found the Redpoll perched in a tree at the edge of the field.  We got some really distant poor photos, but better than nothing. This was my first Common Redpoll in the county in many years!  A really great morning! Thanks Bruce!!

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2 Responses to Great day in Orange County!

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    It was a beautiful day to be out birding, John, and you and Bruce had some fabulous birds! How wonderful!

  2. Thanks Kathy! I see you had a pretty good weekend as well! John

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