|Two Cedar Waxwings enjoying the Juniper Tree berries on Terry's property.
Our first stop of the day was at Terry Culbert's art studio, which is shared with his wife Barbara, as they are both talented artists. We had met Terry before on one of Murray's trips, when Terry lived on Amherst Island. They now run County Studio out of their home. It is a beautiful property, complete with an old barn and we all enjoyed our visit there.
|The barn on Terry's property. Photo by attendee, Rhonda.
For a few weeks every Fall, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory bands migrating Saw-whet Owls. The Saw-whet Owls migrate south every Fall from the northern Boreal forests in search of food. We all know that there are no guarantees when it comes to nature, but we were all hoping to see the adorable little owl.
We arrived shortly after 8pm, and the first net round turned up none. The winds weren't in our favour this night. The second net round an hour later turned up 1, a retrap from 2 nights earlier. This little owl didn't know he was going to be a "rock star" for a few minutes, as everyone was thrilled to see him.
|No bigger than a pop can, these little owls are adorable.
|The highlight of everyone's day was seeing the Saw-whet Owl.
|Krista looks in wonder at the tiny owl. Photos by attendee, Dominique.
|Krista was the lucky one to release the owl, a moment I know she will never forget.