First and foremost, we were lucky to have a Common Redpoll visiting the feeders again today. Below is a picture of the thistle trifecta: Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, and Common Redpoll.
Below is the same Common Redpoll peeking around a different feeder:
Ashley and I headed south to check out Saylorville also this morning. There wasn't much of note but several thousand geese were piled up by the Route 17 bridge (Canada & Cackling with a few Greater White-fronted mixed in).
The Northern Saw-whet Owls seem to have moved on, they have not been at any of their previous roosts for several days.
Below the dam were a half-dozen Bald Eagles, this one making a pass at a fish!
Also below the dam were several Red-tailed Hawks soaring overhead. Below is an adult:
While sorting through a few geese below the dam, I stumbled on this odd bird. I believe it's a hybrid between Greater White-fronted Goose and Canada Goose. Please share your thoughts!!