Adrian Helmers and I headed up yesterday with bright sunshine and clear skies - a good sign for trying to photograph the owl! Last time we wandered around the entire area, searching what seemed like every last tree but with no luck. This time, however, we had barely gotten 100 yards in when we spotted a photographer pointing his camera upwards. Following the line, we spotted the owl sitting in a tree not 50 feet away! We spent the next hour observing it looking around and preening before it settled down for a nap and we decided to leave it alone.
The Barred Owl with an injured left eye
Having a bit of a preen before bed
We then cruised around some of the fields north of the lake, managing to turn up a number of Horned Larks singing away, a Northern Shrike, and a lone Snow Bunting. On the way home, I stopped by a pond that has apparently held a Great Blue Heron in the last few weeks but it was completely frozen over so no luck there.
Later today I'm headed off to Kingston to visit my brother and hopefully do some birding in a new county or two so stay tuned for a post upon my return!
Another King Eider shot from Saturday