I found this very colorful male Taiga Merlin this morning near Manhattan KS. Of course the light was minimal for taking bird-in-flight images, but that seems to be my luck with Merlins. They do like cloudy days!
One of the northern migrant Red-tailed Hawks that I see around my part of Flyover Country has returned for at least the third winter in a row. It's a pretty cool beast; light-morph Harlan's Hawk. In the winter of 2021-2022 (two winters ago), I found this bird within a few hundred yards of where I saw it today (see ebird checklist at https://ebird.org/checklist/S146354616).
Lots of Bald Eagles in my patch of Flyover Country right now. I found this 4 or 5 yr-old bird today near Manhattan KS. It is almost but not quite in fully adult plumage. Still a few white body feathers, a few dark tail feathers, and some dark smudges on that almost-yellow bill.
One of the less common subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk, this ghostly pale Krider's Hawk showed up in my patch of Flyover Country this morning.
Near Manhattan KS
White-crowned Sparrows are back in Flyover Country. And this one seemed very happy to see me!
Photographed this morning in Riley County Kansas USA.
Even though it is October, and this House Wren is heading south very soon, he still felt that it was necessary to scold me one last time!
Photographed near Manhattan KS yesterday.
I found a couple of Cooper's Hawks at my birding destination this morning. Usually that means that the smaller birds are going to make themselves scarce. And it did take a while before there was much activity, but eventually I had a pretty good list. Here's the eBird report - https://ebird.org/checklist/S151830662
Lots of people don't know that Franklin's Gulls are insectivores. This one is eying a tiny tasty insect snack.
Photographed this morning near Tuttle Creek Reservoir, Riley County KS