Union Springs, NY:?? 17 Jan. 2020
At 2 p.m. I saw a hawk flying low to the ground up the hill towards, &
then directly under, my van parked just beyond my crab apple tree in
which I have several feeders. The tree is just outside my window. When
it's their feeding times, house sparrows regularly perch & shelter in
the van grill & spend time getting grit from the ground under the van
between flights to the feeders. Quite obviously they've been observed.
I suspect a Cooper's hawk since I've had them in the past but didn't
really get enough markers to say if it was a sharpie or a Coop. It was
in the shadows moving around under the van for several minutes. When it
came out it had a bird in its talons as it flew to trees several hundred
yards away. Bully for the hawk!
Daughter Becky & I again observed the Oregon junco at a feeder about 27
ft. from my kit. window this morning.?? Usually it comes in the afternoon
at a time when taking pictures is impossible, either too late or when
the sun is in our faces. We both have gotten pictures but not as clear
as we'd like.
??Becky reports Factory St. & Mill ponds still host various ducks. The
lake was bare off Frontenac Park yesterday. Becky is out every few days
to check. I do see Canada & snow geese flying overhead.
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