Date: 1/20/18 4:49 pm From: Eric Smith <esmithphoto...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Subject: [Arlington Birds] determination and life birds
So I got a late start on Saturday, mostly due to looking outside and thinking "I thought it was supposed to be partially sunny today???"
At around 10:30 I headed out to Mt Auburn. I checked out 3 different screech owl holes and struck out. So I went out to the Dell and hunted around... but no Great Horned Owl. Oh, well. I saw a few others who were also looking (with no luck.) Eventually I went up to a higher trail... and found a GHO. Tucked in WAY deep into a conifer (the second tree in on the side of the dell... not where I normally see them.) It wasn't a great view, but it was still fun to see it. I was able to share the owl with about... 7 people, including a 5'ish year old who thought it was "amazing" and wanted more looks. :)
Then I went over to Fresh Pond, to check on another screech owl (I hear from someone in Mt Auburn that they has been seen recently, and the GHO had been heard hooting around where they nested.) I didn't find any owls, but I did find a friend who confirmed both statements.
Then I went over to Dunback to look for Long Eared Owls. On the way in I bumped into two "mother and son" groups also looking for the owls. I took a quick side trip to check a tree I'd seen Barred Owl before... only to find a sleeping Raccoon. Clearly no Barred Owl there!
The group of us went into the pines and found 3 Long Eared. None were great looks, but good enough that we were all happy. I discovered that the Long Eared Owls were life birds for one of the Teenagers and a late arrival adult to the group. Always feels good to help others with life birds. We also had 2 red tailed hawks (both immatures) and a raptor flyby... I'm guessing merlin, but who knows?
So all told I had a 2 owl species, 4 owl day.... Not bad. Wish I had a screech as well, but it was nice to hear that the regulars are still around.