1st Broad-winged Hawk, other birds today

Barbara and I spotted a Broad-winged Hawk over our house and woods this afternoon.  It was the first we have seen this year.  It was earlier by 5 days than my earliest previous sightings over the last 10 years.  We also spotted a male Harrier, 2 TVs, an immature Bald Eagle, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and a Ring-billed Gull, all in the course of 1 hour from 2-3:00 p.m. 

The trees around our house and woods are full of YB Sapsuckers.  Counted 6 on the property in a walk around the woods and afterward.  A House Wren was singing from the edge of the woods this morning around 0730, and a Vesper Sparrow was in the driveway with the juncos and Chipping Sparrows.  A Red-breasted Nuthatch is calling from the pines behind the Page Park School.  One has been hanging out there since at least March 27 and is presumably the same bird.

This morning, we took a drive out to the Pecatonica Wetlands area.  Found a Greater Yellowlegs, 6 White Pelicans flying over the Pec River on the south side of the Howard farm on IL 70, a pair of Bald Eagles on the nest at Howards, and Rusty Blackbirds in the swamp along Blair Road.

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