Well, I wasted about a zillion gallons of gas and a good portion of my sanity searching for that damn owl. And no dice.
I think I saw everything but the owl.
In the three hours I was driving and looking, I saw:
American kestrels (15)
Red-tailed hawks (10)
Cooper’s hawks (2)
Great blue herons (2)
American crows (25)
While investigating yet another white grocery bag in the distance, I realized there was a great blue heron right in front of me.
You’d think that a big white bird would be pretty noticeable in this kind of habitat…
A female kestrel
A few pics from yesterday, before my trek into the belly button of Ohio
A red-tailed hawk at a cemetery near the Oxbow
Our first towhee of the season
I love this one…
We don’t get too many squirrels around the feeders, although there are numerous nests in our trees. I guess all my native planting and “judicious laziness” when it comes to cleaning up the edges of our property lets the squirrels get their fill without having to resort to our feeders. I caught this one is mid-hop.
At the Oxbow: A pied billed grebe. (Thanks, Julie!)
And a great blue heron at the Oxbow, tossing a fish around.
And we have two sleepover guests tonight: Lucy the Peregrine and also our great horned owl. The Boar’s Head festival is running this weekend, and our former director did the performances today, and brought the birds to me so he wouldn’t have to go all the way back to RAPTOR. And I get to be dressed up like a 14th century falconer tomorrow and parade down the center aisle of Christ cathedral with a bird on my arm. And you know I will have to share THOSE pics with you!
I wish I could have shown you some snowy owl pics, but the birding gods did not smile on me today. And neither did the parenting gods…oh, no! I better get the kids out of the trunk!