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Fog greeted Rutland County Audubon this morning
at Mt. Philo for its annual broad-winged hawk
outing. Once the skies cleared we had good looks
at a few migrating and non-migrating raptors. 51
broad-winged hawks were seen along with 4
sharp-shinned hawks, 1 red-shouldered hawk, 1
northern harrier, and 18 turkey vultures. 1
almost mature bald eagle with no particular
flight plan was seen as well as 5 red-tailed
hawks and the resident ravens. Good company, good
cookies and a wedding rounded out the day.

Later in the afternoon at Dead Creek at the
Brilyea access, 6 lesser yellowlegs, 2 least
sandpipers, 6 killdeer, 6 semi-palmated plovers,
1 pectoral sandpiper, 1 great egret, and 11 great
blue herons were tallied. A peregrine falcon
raised the shorebirds and a northern harrier was
seen hunting.

Sue Elliott
http://www.rutlandcountyaudubon.org/

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