Took my wife and two boys (4 and 5) on a nice little day trip up North to see the previously reported Northern Hawk Owls. The first Hawk Owl (North Derby) was by far the more active of the two and made a few passes right in front of us. The second bird (Ferdinand) was perched right were the directions took us. Wish all birds were that easy to find!
Other than the Owls the only other highlights of the day were a Northern Shrike along Rte 26 just west of Errol, NH and a flock of Bohemain Waxwings in front of Storyland in Glen, NH.
North Derby Hawk Owl - 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
Ferdinand Hawk Owl - The location is 2.5 miles east of the John Boyland State Airport at
a snowmobile crossing of Route 105. The Northern Hawk Owl was approximately
500 feet south of Route 105 in an open area along the Nulhegan River. The
GPS coordinates for our viewing location were N 44.78001 W 71.78243. This
location is about 6 miles east of island Pond, VT.
If you would like to see a shot of each of the Owls click the flickr account below.
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