We had a rare double citing in our yard today. My husband was headed
up to the barn and surprised (and was surprised himself!) a barred
owl on the ground under one of our apple trees just a few feet from
him. It flew up into the tree long enough for me to come out and
admire him, and then off to the edge of the woods. We looked on the
ground where the owl had been and found a small, beautiful (dead)
ermine. It remained there for the rest of the day in the snow but
was gone this morning. We figured the owl would remember.
On another note, I notice some of you call the Rock Dove "Rock
Pigeon." I realize that the Pigeons and the Rock Dove are in the
Columbidae family, but I have never until now heard that elevated
nomenclature. Peterson, the Golden Book, National Geographic, and
Sibley all call it a rock dove (though Peterson has "domestic
pigeon" and Sibley "feral pigeon" parenthetically. I guess I ask
all of this with a smirk, as I often have the reluctance to even add
the creature to my lists!