Unfortunately, the day would pretty much go down hill, despite hard scanning it was difficult to find birds despite having nice cloud cover, for a "back ground". My friend Paul joined me later in the morning, apparently he wasn't packing the "luck" as the flight went from 13 birds in 2 hours to 3 birds in the next THREE hours. But so goes a late season hawkwatch in these parts. We "hung in" until 2:30 hoping one bird, such as a Rough-legged Hawk or a Golden Eagle would "save the day", that would not be the case.
All was not lost, the scenery was nice, the hike and Paul and I had nice conversation. A few Snow Bunting (and snow flurries) were nearby for a while. I was able to capture a few digi-bin photos of this cooperative bird:
So many times I see Snow Buntings from a distance, as they fly past over a large field or airport, but once ot twice a year, one or two will hang out near the hawkwatch. If I recall correctly, Snow Buntings "come into" their breeding plumage by the brownish tan portion feathers wearing off, down to white portion of the feathers below, as opposed to a molt.
Few Amercian Crows were moving, something I always look foreward to seeing this time of year, though the date maybe a bit past the peak.
The Hawk totals:
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-Tailed Hawk 12
Peregrine Falcon 1