After hitting it hard on the birding front this spring, my time spent birding dramatically fell off during the summer all the way through this fall migration.
Being my first full green season in my new home, much of my "free" time was occupied with cultivating my yard to be more enticing to birds and pollinators. The other portions of my "free" time gravitated toward orchids, butterflies and insects. All in all I have to say, birding mostly in my backyard for last 4 months has had the benefit of adding several bird and insect species to my yard list.But I'll save that for another post...
When I look back on the incredible spring birding I witnessed this year, these Long-eared Owls take gold as the best birding patch nugget of spring and likely of all of 2018. Any day I see an owl is a damn good day. But a Long-eared Owl appearing IN MY PATCH places the encounter on the extreme of damn good, like damn fuckingfantastic.
What was thought to be one, turned out to be three!
Ah the owls. Relatively uncommon owls. Long-eared Owls!
That meant mum was the word. No eBirding. No broadcasting these birds, just whispered intel among a select few. Fortunately it seems these owls escaped the circus that can often ensue around such captivating birds.
Most of the images I captured were digiscoped including this video of the two of birds preening. Since scope viewing allows one to keep a reasonable distance, for the most part, they appeared oblivious to my presence.
Well except for this stink-eye reaction.
Here's lookin' at ya!
Winter is coming...but not before fall vagrant season is upon us! There's nothing like a juicy vagrant to fire up the birding adrenaline!