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Sightings From October 2012

October 21, 2012

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Great shot of an adult Bald Eagle by Bill Moses

October 21, 2012

American kestrel in flight

American kestrel in flight

American kestrel flapping by glances over to get his photo taken. Picture by Bill Moses

October 21, 2012

Sharp-shinned hawk at North Lookout

Sharp-shinned hawk at North Lookout

October is the peak for sharp-shinned hawk migration. Days of more than 300 are possible when northwest winds blow

October 13, 2012

Red-breasted nuthatch by Bill Moses, sunset, oct 13 2012

Red-breasted nuthatch by Bill Moses, sunset, oct 13 2012

Another great photo snapped by Bill Moses, this time a red-breasted nuthatch. These tiny, active birds of the north woods  travel with chickadees, kinglets, and woodpeckers but stick to tree trunks and branches, where they search bark furrows for hidden insects.

October 13, 2012

Black-throated Green Warbler at Sunset Overlook

Black-throated Green Warbler at Sunset Overlook

Another great shot by our friend Bill Moses: a black-throated green warbler at the Sunset Overlook, spotted on October 13, 2012.

An abundant breeder of the northeastern coniferous forests, the black-throated green is easy to recognize by sight and sound: Look for the dark black bib and bright yellow face and listen for the persistent "zoo-zee, zoo-zoo-zee."

October 3, 2012

Eastern Towhee at North Lookout

Eastern Towhee at North Lookout

Counter Phil Campbell caught this Eastern Towhee at the North Lookout.

October 1, 2012

White Admiral butterfly at North Lookout

White Admiral butterfly at North Lookout

Visitor Penny Brandau and her huband made their first visit to Hawk Mountain, traveling all the way from Ohio. She wrote, "We spent several hours on the North Lookout and were thrilled to see dozens and dozens of the birds you listed on your daily count from yesterday. We also were amazed when a beautiful butterfly landed near our feet as we sat on one of the rocks, binoculars in hand. One of your counters identified it as a White Admiral.
 
We saw beauty in nature not only through binoculars yesterday but also at our feet! What a magical place!  Thank you!"

To which we respond, thank YOU, Penny, and we hope to see you again, soon.

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