"High and dispersed" was how Scott Whittle described today's hawk flight, which still offered birds including a good number of Red-shouldered hawks, and the Golden Eagle that was banded yesterday. Around 3:00 p.m., we saw a nighthawk sp. - you have to add the sp. ever since November, 2007's Lesser Nighthawk perched near the platform.
My pre-work walk at Higbee and Hidden Valley revealed a decent flight of typical late-season stuff, including significant numbers of Purple Finches, Hermit Thrushes, and White-throated Sparrows, though not so many of the latter as were there yesterday. I clicked Hermit Thrushes and came up with 16, all heard. Four Wild Turkeys fed in the field across New England Road from the Hidden Valley parking lot. Eastern Meadowlarks and a Northern Harrier were other Hidden Valley highlights. I really like Hidden Valley at this time of year. It's a good spot for Orange-crowned Warbler, though I struck out on that bird today.
Doug Gochfeld reported Purple Sandpipers on the jetty at the Avalon Seawatch, and Tony Leukering got a yard bird when 3 Common Eiders flew south along Delaware Bay in Villas.
[This Golden Eagle was banded yesterday, and flew over the platform around 9:00 this morning.]