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Snow Geese, Hooded Mergansers, Tree Swallows, Record Early Brown Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, etc.

Birders,

Some more new birds plus rare repeats today in cool drizzly weather. This morning Brian Brosky was at Indian Bridge where he saw Hooded Mergansers, Tree Swallows, a Red-headed Woodpecker, and a Red-shouldered Hawk. And just past noon Brian briefly located some Snow Geese between Freeman Road pond and Colburn Road, but when I arrived 5 minutes later, there was no sign of them. However, along East Colburn Road by the only house I found a female Merlin hidden in a tree (good luck finding it in the 1st photo). About an hour later a Brown Thrasher was reported by Matt McConnell along Hansen Road by the tree farm. That is our 1st March Brown Thrasher and is a new spring arrival date !  Lastly, I returned to LSP and around 5:30 p.m. heard an "unknown" bird chip. Hmmm, doesn't sound like a sparrow or junco. Wait, it has to be a Yellow-rumped Warbler ! I found it in a dense white cedar tree by the Hamlin Beach House (the early date is March 26th)..

Yesterday Sawyer Dawe had an incident where an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk had apparently hit his home or a window and was so stunned he got a photo from only 8 feet away. Eventually, the hawk flew off.

By the way, although not a bird but usurping a nest box, Brian found a southern flying squirrel in a chickadee birdhouse on his property. Dang cute little critter.

Dave   



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