Today Bill Jelbet and I drove out Rt 73 from Brandon to Rt30 Orwell, then
covered back roads of Orwell to RT22a and south looking for wintering hawks.
Here is a list of what we saw:
Rough-legged hawk- 4 total 1 dark morph on Rt 73 in the flats along the
Otter Creek. A second dark morph on Fisher rd Orwell that was
exchanging calls with a Red-tailed Hawk that wasn't to happy.
Red-tailed Hawk -3 all adult
other birds seen today:
Cider Waxwing 25
American Robin 21
House Sparrow 7
Blue Bird 1
Dark-eyed Junco 12
European Starling 30+
also, I ran into Norton of Yellow Crowned Sparrow fame who said that he's
been seeing a dark morph Rough-leg hawk that looks black its so dark. He said
that its been seen around Shoreham area for a while. And last Friday on
Lapham bay road I found a Bald Eagle eating a large object (rabbit?) in a snag.
There was a Rough-leg hawk about 200 feet away watching the eagle eat and
calling. This went on for about 30 minutes just before sundown when they
both took off. The rough-leg made a pass at the eagle, comming within 15
feet of the eagle and calling the whole time before veering off south. The
Eagle never answered the Rough-legs calls.