While driving south on Harbor Road at 5:02 pm, I noticed what I thought to be
a raptor on a limb over-hanging the center of the road. I decided to turn
around to see what it was. It was a beautiful Barred Owl. Its' back was
facing me so I drove past it, turned around, pulled over, got out of my vehicle
and walked to about 15 feet away from it. I had great looks at the front of it.
It looked at me several times then flew off to another tree about 30 feet off
Earlier, at around 4:40 pm, I was at Shelburne Bay, and had a chat with three
birders that were there. They told me that they had tried to see the Harlequin
Ducks today at Shelburne Point, but did not have any luck. I mentioned to
them, that I did some research via the archives, and found out that last year
on 01/27/07, there was a report (from Allan Strong) of an adult drake
Harlequin Duck and a first winter male Harlequin Duck together at the same
location as the two that I had seen yesterday. Also from last year there was
a report (from Terry Wright) of seeing them on 02/05/07. They may hang out
in a similar fashion as last year, so it might be worth a few more attempts to
try and see them this year.
After talking to the three birders, I scanned Shelburne Bay looking for
something new, and found three Canada Geese feeding along the east shore. I
then drove to Shelburne Point, but the water was too choppy and it was too
dark to see much.
I also wanted to mention that I saw a juvenile Northern Shrike yesterday
afternoon at 3:30 at Shelburne Bay access area.