|This Great Gray Owl was the highlight of the trip this past Saturday.|
A couple of weeks ago we both volunteered at the Bird Studies Canada booth at the "Outdoor Adventure Show". We talked nothing but birds and the various programs run by BSC for 4 hours straight! It was awesome! I know more about birds than I thought I did! I told Emily, the organizer, that we'd do an 8 hour shift next year!
|Rob waiting to share his knowledge.|
|Emily in deep conversation about birds.|
Some in the group were very experienced birders, while others were very new. It was a good feeling to share some bird seed so people could hand feed Chickadees for the first time. It was enjoyable for me to explain the difference between Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, and how to tell the difference between the sexes. There is so much to learn when it comes to birding, I still have plenty to learn, but it felt to good to share what I know.
We had quite the walk into Owl Woods. The road wasn't plowed and up to my knees in places, but what we experienced when we got there made it all worth it.
|The "fellowship" walking to Owl Woods. Photo by Jim Psilhogies.|
|What a beauty!|
|Taking pictures, but being respectful of the owls space. Photo by Debbie Shields|
|A gorgeous male Snowy Owl put on quite the flying show for us!|
|I was THRILLED to see some Snow Buntings! First time this winter.|
This was Rob's and mines second Great Gray Owl. Our first sighting was in Oct. 2012, and came courtesy of Lev Frid. You can read all about that adventure here. It's one of my favorite blog posts.
|Lev and I after making the return trip from Owl Woods.|
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