|There are 4 Short-eared Owls in this photo, can you find them all?|
We didn't do as much birding this past winter, it was just too cold. We went out on Saturday and were joined by our friend, Lev. I really had no idea what to expect in sightings, and honestly, it was just nice to be out.
We ended up having a pretty grand day, or "epic", as Lev called it later. We were treated to 3 different owl species; Short-eared, Great-Horned and Screech. Winter and summer birds crossed each other on this trip for us, much to my delight. I saw my first returning Red-winged Blackbirds, Eastern Bluebirds and Turkey Vultures. I had my second look at Snow Buntings and first sightings of Horned Larks this winter. We also had some Rough-legged Hawks and a Kestrel put on some amazing flying shows for us.
Please enjoy a few photos of our day.
|Red-morphed Eastern Screech Owl.|
|A Tufted Titmouse at Ruthven Historical Park.|
|That's a female Great-horned Owl sitting on eggs in their nest.|
|I was thrilled to see my first Horned Larks this winter! We saw many.|
|First Eastern Bluebird sighting of 2014!|
|Always nice to see some fur bearing wildlife on these birding outings.|