I went to Woodside Park this afternoon to see if I could find the
red-shouldered hawk.  I found it (or, it found me) on the north side of the
loop trail.  I saw it fly across the marsh and land in a tree not far away.
 I got a few photos (a little better than those of the Merlin!) and posted
them on Flickr:

Also saw a Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, along with the usual Chickadees,
Titmice, and White-breasted Nuthatch.

Combined with the Barred Owl I saw at the Rosetti Natural Area this morning
(have seen it 4 out of the last 6 mornings) and the American Tree Sparrow
and Common Redpolls at my feeders, this was a fun day for birds :)

On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM, Bruce MacPherson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I am not sure whether this hawk is a short distance migrator or a
> permanent resident. In any event I got a close look at a Red-shouldered
> Hawk at the Woodside NA in Essex Junction this afternoon. This area hosts
> nesting Red-shouldered Hawks later in the year. Seems early to see one, but
> last year my first sighting of a Red-shouldered Hawk at Woodside was Feb.
> 18 and I think someone else reported one there earlier in February.
> Bruce MacPherson
> South Burlington