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Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

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Long-tailed Duck

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A female Long-tailed Duck in the Dunkirk Harbor today.

American Kestrel

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American Kestrel eating a rodent it caught.

Scenes at Dusk

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A trio of White-tailed Deer in lightly falling snow 

and Canada Geese flying in a southwesterly direction just before sunset.

Morning Sky

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Clouds gathering more lake effect snow over Lake Erie were visible at sunrise today.

Tundra Swan

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Snow Fog

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Hooded Mergansers

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Play Time in the Snow

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American Goldfinch

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Lake Effect Snow

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The wall of lake effect snow over Lake Erie is highlighted by the sunrise this morning.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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A Red-bellied Woodpecker hunkering down during blizzard conditions.

Dark-eyed Junco

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This is the Oregon version of the Dark-eyed Junco which is considered a rarity in western New York.

Snowy Owl

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Spotted my first Snowy Owl of the season this morning.  It was quite far away for photos but it's nice to see them return!  It appears that we are in for another irruption this winter.  For an informative blog post on this unprecedented back-to-back Snowy Owl irruption, click here.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

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A Sharp-shinned Hawk during a period of heavy snow today.  It had just caught a Slate-colored Junco. 

Rough-legged Hawk

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Another arctic breeding bird returning from the far north for the winter.

Carolina Wrens

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On this unusually warm and sunny November day, the Carolina Wrens were out and about and actually singing!



American Tree Sparrow

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Tree Sparrows have returned for the winter months.  They spend the summer and breed on the tundra  in the far northern regions of Canada and Alaska.

Sunset Glow

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Reflections of the sunset on Lake Erie this afternoon.

Red-necked Phalarope

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The Red-necked Phalarope continues to remain in the area.

Waxing Gibbous

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Waxing Gibbous Moon at 80% tonight.

Red-necked Phalarope

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This delicate little shorebird is rarely seen in our area.  It breeds in Alaska and northern Canada and migrates to the open ocean in the Southern Hemisphere for the winter.  This one is in winter plumage. The red neck coloration is only visible during breeding season.