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Wolfe's Neck Center area, Freeport, 11/26.

Winds were whipping today, so finding sheltered locations was the name of the game. We began at a feeding station we were granted permission to visit. It was very successful, with highlights including but not limited to a fly-over RED CROSSBILL. Overall feeder activity was a bit lower than usual, likely due to the presence of a neighborhood Cooper's Hawk, but we did have a variety of the expected species, such as a handful of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, one each of DOWNY WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and NORTHERN CARDINAL among others. A few AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were flying around, and a couple of HOUSE FINCHES passed over head as well. BLUE JAYS and AMERICAN CROWS were vocal, also.


We then went over to Wolfe's Neck Center, where we were greeted by a male NORTHERN HARRIER coursing low over the fields. The garden is pretty clear of birds now, so we spent our time behind the center and the new barn, where a smattering of sparrows are still residing. It was 100% SONG SPARROWS today, however, with 10-12 still present, joined by a couple more American Goldfinches. We also encountered a small mixed-species foraging flock which added a family group of TUFTED TITMICE to the checklist, along with padding our numbers of the species we saw at the feeders.


For sake of time, we drove over the the bridge, and spent the last 20 minutes of the outing enjoying the warm sun and the constant activity here. 36 CANADA GEESE, a total of 34 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 8 MALLARDS, and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS were present, along with 30 loafing RING-BILLED and about 10 HERRING GULLS. The ever-present NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was accounted for, as was a lingering BELTED KINGFISHER that put on a nice show for us.

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