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Gray Ghost

Posted on Nov 19, 2015

The past week yielded a very large push of migrant Northern Harriers throughout the Northeast, with a sizable percentage of these birds being gray ghosts – adult males – like this one. The strong north and northwest winds following this current cold front should help many more migrants come through our area in the next few days. Will there be more southern and western November rarities with them? Probably, so keep an eye out for everything from the Swainson’s Hawk to the Townsend’s Warbler. Don’t forget we are only a couple weeks away from December 1 and the beginning of our winter raptor surveys across Chautauqua County where we will be recording wintering Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls.

Northern Harrier Gray Ghost-8055

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator