I want to say its a Harlan's Red-tail hawk. What say you all?
With Greater Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers, feeding in the vegetated shallows. Photos of LEYE with GRYE
With Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers, feeding in the vegetated shallows. Photos of GRYE with LEYE
A few individuals were on the dike, but 14 were observed foraging among the floating(?) vegetation around the bend.
I compared my photos to The Shorebird Guide (pp169-172) and to The Crossley ID Guide, and am comfortable with my field ID of Pectoral Sandpiper. The bright wing feather patterns, the head and breast patterns, the bi-colored bill, and the legs.
A pretty awful digiscoped shot, taken against the sun from a good distance and with terrible wind conditions. Still, it's a species I only see very rarely, so I thought I'd post it.
One of two seen at the Dead Creek WMA in Addison, VT on November 1, 2014.
A massive flock of Snow Geese seen at the Dead Creek WMA in Addison, VT earlier today. Not a good photo (I was shivering) but it gives you an idea of how many there were. Another group member spotted a Cackling Goose in there, but I didn't see it.
Gray shoulder and back, pale/white belly; tail pumping along the distant shoreline's edge