Northumberland on Sunday


I drove up to Northumberland on Sunday in search of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.  I didn’t find any in the place where I found them in abundance a few weeks ago, on Stonebridge near Ballard Road, so I headed further north and turned onto Callahan Road, immediately flushing a large flock of birds that turned out to be redpolls.  Over the course of about an hour, though, flocks of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks came through, periodically stopping in the field or along the roadside to feed.


At one point, I saw a falcon fly overhead and land at the top of a nearby utility pole.  It turned out to be a Merlin with some sort of prey in its talons.  I watched with a few other birders while the Merlin dined on its catch, seemingly oblivious to our presence. 


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Ellen P.

West Charlton

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