Date: 3/6/17 4:53 pm From: Jay Gamble <jpgamble1...> Subject: [NHBirds] GGOW continues - seen at 6:02pm Monday evening
The Great Gray Owl does continue in Newport. I counted 85 birders during the time I was present from 4:00pm to 6:05pm, and unfortunately, the owl did not appear for most of them.
I was one of five observers who lingered on the footbridge over the Sugar River to the point of darkness to see if it showed up to feed over the fields at dusk.
As we gave up and walked out along the path towards Route 120, it was first spotted sitting atop a dead Birch stub in near darkness by Cory Ross who was 50 feet ahead of us on the trail. The bird was about 25 feet to the north of the trail.
All 5 of us saw the GGOW between 6:02pm and 6:05pm. The owl was active and seemed to fly towards the airport fields.
I took a hand held documentation photo at ISO 16,000 with a 1/30 sec shutter speed.