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Some Random Sightings

Published November 02, 2014
Tags: General Observations, Wood Duck, Northern Shoveler, American Coot, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Northern Mockingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet

I've done a bit of driving around lately - mostly looking for a Cattle Egret but also keeping my eyes and ears open for any irruptive or vagrant bird the winds might blow in.

As I drove past dozens of farm fields, visited nature preserves, hiked lakeside trails, and drove through the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, I happened upon some nice finds - not my target birds, but nice finds, nonetheless.

I saw several American Kestrels and I've been fortunate to find a few males recently.  Up until recently, I've only gotten photos of females, so finding some handsome males has been a real treat.

A few photos from my travels are below...  While you look through those, I'll be out continuing my search for that Cattle Egret!
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Wilson, NY
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Crow chasing an American Kestrel - they went at it for quite a long time!
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American Kestrel with prey
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American Kestrel - you can see his catch a little better here
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Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Sharp-shinned Hawk - Wilson, NY
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Northern Mockingbird at BWWTP
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Northern Mockingbird at BWWTP
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Northern Shoveler at BWWTP
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Red-tailed Hawk - East Aurora, NY
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Two young Wood Ducks - East Aurora, NY
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Wood Duck
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American Coot - East Aurora, NY
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Belted Kingfisher - East Aurora, NY