Several Old Order Mennonite farmers were spreading manure on their fields from horse-drawn wagons. Other years I have seen Snowy Owls and Bald Eagles close to farm buildings where manure piles attract rodents and other small mammals.
I pulled to the side of the road and watched a couple of Northern Harriers skim over fields. They moved too quickly for me to get a good picture but the males are easily identified with their dark wing tips and white bellies.
I stopped by a river bank and heard a loud raptor call from a large tree. A beautifully marked Red-shouldered Hawk watched as I approached on foot and posed as I took many pictures. Unfortunately the sky had clouded over but there was enough light to get some clear shots. It was a good morning for winter birding and many more birds will arrive here for the next few months. Here is my list for the day.
Red-tailed Hawk (4) Northern Harrier (2), Rough-legged Hawk (1), Red-Shouldered Hawk (1), Downy Woodpecker (1), Red-bellied Woodpecker (1), White-breasted Nuthatch (3), Slate-coloured Juncos (4), Blue Jay (1), Black-capped Chickadees (many) as well as the usual farm field suspects...Crows, Pigeons, House Sparrows, Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Herring Gulls. And at my feeders... Northern Cardinal (2), House Finch (6), Red-breasted Nuthatch (2),Goldfinch (several), (Chickadees, WB Nuthatch, Blue Jay, Juncos)