Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Hawk Watch

Trip Leader: Russ Ruffing

Date of Trip: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Location: Mount Pleasant

Number: 8

Remarks: NW winds were perfect and a lot of birds were flying early, but then the rain began in the 9:00 hour through the 12:00 hour and quieted things down considerably.

  • Canada Goose 45
  • Common Loon 46
  • Black Vulture 10
  • Turkey Vulture 25
  • Northern Harrier 4 (3 gray ghosts as flyovers, one female hunting the grounds)
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
  • Bald Eagle 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk 4
  • Mourning Dove 3
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
  • Downy Woodpecker 2
  • Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
  • Pileated Woodpecker 1
  • Blue Jay 18
  • American Crow 92
  • Fish Crow 5
  • Common Raven 2
  • Tufted Titmouse 1
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 2
  • Carolina Wren 2
  • Eastern Bluebird 18
  • American Robin 1499 (exact count of all birds observed passing overhead, the majority of which were in flocks of 10-50 throughout the morning prior to the rain)
  • Northern Mockingbird 3
  • European Starling 60
  • American Pipit 1 (heard only)
  • Cedar Waxwing 148
  • Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
  • White-throated Sparrow 6
  • Savannah Sparrow 1
  • Song Sparrow 2
  • Eastern Towhee 1
  • Northern Cardinal 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird 97
  • Common Grackle 15
  • House Finch 5
  • American Goldfinch 20