This morning, my friend and I set out early and birded the towns of Rosetown, Zealandia , Harris and Milden.
We had a very good day for raptors, after a pretty slow start.
Harriers were plentiful as were Horned Larks, but the winner were Snow Buntings
with an incredible 4000-5000 birds.
In fact we saw several huge flocks, so I might be under-estimating just how many there were!
Easily the most I have ever seen.
Here are the highlights for the day :
Northern Harrier - 15 , of which only 3 were females.
Ferruginous Hawk - 1 light adult ( new for the year )
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 1 ( new for the year )
Snowy Owl - 3
Snow Bunting - 5000 maybe more
Horned Lark - 100+
Western Meadowlark - 15
European Starling - 10
American Tree Sparrow - 4
American Badger - 1 , poking its head out of a freshly excavated burrow ( new for the year )
White-tailed Deer - 7
American Tree Sparrow
Ferruginous Hawk - Here is a very distant shot, not the best but not a lot of choice at the time :-)