Date: 9/7/19 12:51 pm From: Thomas Berriman <blackpoll...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Great Horned Owl
When Cat Abbott reported a Great Horned Owl at the swamp area on South America Pond Rd. at Wenlock WMA in July 2017, I said holy cow I've got to find one of those in Essex County. Probably 150 trips later (into that area) a Great Horned Owl was in the swamp at 8:30 am today. 2 long distance digiscopes before a mob of Blue Jays chased it into the conifers. That's good news because now I can spend the next 150 trips looking for another 'horned' creature, the Horned Lark! But Moose Bog was pretty special this morning with a pair of River Otters by the viewing platform calling to one another (almost sounded like a call note of a Canada Jay). At least 3 immature Spruce Grouse have survived and are forging together. The Black-backs are making noise again and wanting to be seen and the warblers are starting to move through. Oh, and the colors are beginning. Got a Palm Warbler to sit for minute or two in the dark woods and was surprised at how well Nikon's 200-500mm works in low light.