Every year an average of over 900 Red-shouldered Hawks pass over Lake Erie Metropark (LEMP) during the September through November hawkwatch. So it isn't too much to expect one to cross over from Ontario a few miles north of LEMP and get added to my yardlist. After moving up to top of my most wanted/expected yardbird list, I finally got one to fly over the yard on Saturday October 20 and was able to get an acceptable photo considering the heavy overcast conditions. It became bird 121 on the backyard list. I planned on blogging about it over the weekend but didn't have time. In the planned post I intended to put on notice any Sandhill Crane or Rusty Blackbird that may read my blog that they just moved up on my most wanted/expected yardbird list. Palm Warbler if you're out there you seem to have escaped me this year but I'll be looking for you in the spring.
|Adult Red-Shouldered Hawk|
Well the Rusty Blackbird must have heard and just about turned itself in to authorities, so to speak, the next day when a flock of Blackbirds flew over and I grabbed the camera instead of the binoculars and captured the following photo.
|Two of these birds are not like the others|
|The two boxed in birds are Rusty Blackbirds in a flock of female Red-winged Blackbirds|
|Cropped version of previous photo showing two Rustys with a R-W Blackbird for comparison|
Here are some other birds that flew over my yard during the past week
|Family of Mute Swans|
|Flocks of Robins have been flying by every day|
|Late migrating Chimney Swift|
|Cooper's Hawk checking out my camera|
|Blue Jay passing through|