In no time this one flew off to join the other. Next, I made a quick stop at Caledonia Place where there was a lot of feeder activity, but nothing of note.
On the drive out to Cape Spear, I saw five Blue Jays. This was a high number as I haven't seen any for about a week. When I first arrived, I met Dave Smith. While we were talking, four small birds flew right over us. They were not juncos, and they were not Goldfinches. In hindsight, I think they were Common Redpolls.
From the lookout, I could see numerous Black Guillemots that are beginning to transition into their breeding plumage. I tried to turn this little Dovekie (three sighted) into a murre, but when I got a good look at the side view, it was clearly a Dovekie. (Other birders on the scene spotted the Purple Sandpipers on the rocks below.)
Was this a hawk or a falcon? The pointed wings indicate a Falcon, a large one - either a Peregrine or a Gyrfalcon. These pictures had to be processed. I tried really hard to turn this bird into a dark-morph Gyr, but Paul Linegar and Bruce Mactavish both said the same thing: The barring on the underside of the wing belongs to a Peregrine.
It was really remarkable how speed, size, lighting and awe kept my eyes and attention focused on the whole bird causing me to miss the dangling Dovekie altogether.
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