With a very large group, there are few birdwalk destinations as compatible as OTP, so we knew exactly where to go this morning: wide trails, ample parking, and abundant birdlife.
A very late BOBOLINK was the star of the show this morning; it's rare that the best-seen bird of the outing was the "best" bird! But it was nice of it to sit out in the open for a while for us.
The current abundance of finches in the region was evident here, including 15+ PINE SISKINS, 15-20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, and at least 8 PURPLE FINCHES. Visible migration overhead included a lone DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, a tight flock of 50 COMMON GRACKLES, and a total of at least 40 AMERICAN ROBINS moving south in small flocks.
Sparrows were common as expected in late October, led by 15 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and at least 11 SWAMP SPARROWS, joined by at least 10 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 10 or so SONG SPARROWS, 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and great looks at 4 immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.
Other migrants included 5 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and 3 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, with lingering birds including a BELTED KINGFISHER and a TURKEY VUTLURES. And finally, some of the residents noted today included a RED-TAILED HAWK (being mobbed by AMERICAN CROWS as usual), 4+ BLUE JAYS, 5+ NORTHERN CARDINALS, a single MALLARD, and one adult BALD EAGLE.