Snowshoeing with family this afternoon at Red Rocks Park in So.
Burlington, my daughter and I spotted a Barred Owl on the west side
loop trail (natural area).
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Quoting Craig Provost <[log in to unmask]>:
> Back in November Michael Cosgrove reported a N Hawk Owl in North Derby. This
> morning managed to head up there and locate (presumably the same) it. Bird
> was very active moving around the fields.
> Directions: Proceed on Route 5 through Newport, after crossing the bridge
> separating South Bay from Memphremagog, Route 5 turns right and heads
> uphill. At the traffic light where Route 5 intersects with Sias Avenue; turn
> left on Sias. Go 4 miles north initially through a residential area and
> eventually more rural. About half way you come to a "Y"; continue to go
> straight(left) onto North Derby Road. At 4 miles you will see a VT Fish &
> Game access sign right along the small Johns River. Just beyond the river, a
> two vehicle garage, painted barn red, will be ahead on your right. The owl
> was seen in the treeline behind, the trees next to, and across the road in
> the treeline.
> Be advised you are less than 1/2 a mile from the Canadian border. A couple
> agents pulled me over shortly after I started leaving. During my 10 minute
> conversation with them, they bought my story of looking for and seeing the
> owl and I mentioned there may be other birders that come looking for it.
> Headed off to the Island Pond area after that.
> Had good results working/walking along Route 105 from the large pulloff at
> the west end of Wenlock east to South America Pond Road. List is below.
> The last highlight of the day came as I was heading back towards Island Pond
> on Route 105 after birding Wenlock. 2.4 miles east of the entrance to the
> airport in Brighton, I spotted a bird perched in the top of a dead snag
> south of the road. Pulled over, rolled the window down, and through the
> binos saw another Northern Hawk Owl. I no sooner got on the bird with the
> binos, when I heard it make a piercing call and it flew down into the large
> wet, alder swamp. I looked for a bit but could not relocate it.
> Quite the day.
> Location: north derby road, Derby
> Observation date: 1/17/10
> Notes: Bird reported and photographed by Mike Cosgrove in November 2009.
> Bird very active, moving several times while I observed.
> Number of species: 2
> Northern Hawk Owl 1
> American Crow 4
> Location: Moose Bog, Wenlock WMA, Ferdinand
> Observation date: 1/17/10
> Notes: Birds observed in two groups both along Route 105 east to South
> America Pond Road.
> Number of species: 10
> Gray Jay 4
> Blue Jay 1
> Common Raven 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 7
> Boreal Chickadee 3
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
> Brown Creeper 2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
> Purple Finch 2
> White-winged Crossbill 6