I was able to see the same Eastern Screech-Owl that Susan Elliot had posted
last Saturday (1-22-11). Location directions: Coming from Rte. 22A in
Vergennes, head west on Panton Rd. then take a right onto Basin Harbor Rd.
You need to go over the bridge where Dead Creek flows into Otter Creek. Slow
down and look on the left side of the road for two Wood Duck nesting boxes.
If you reach Donovan's Lane (which is also on the left) then you have gone
too far. I saw the Owl in the box that is closest to Basin Harbor Rd. I saw it
the first time at 8:51 a.m. I went back after a while and saw it again at 10:31
a.m. It was perched hanging on to the bottom of the circular hole that is cut
out of the nesting box (both times that I saw it). I am guessing that this is a
nesting site since it is in the same spot, a week later. Therefore the playing of
recordings is probably not your best choice. In order to see this owl simply
drive by and see if it is there. If you don't see it then try again some other
time. If you see the owl and want to try and get a picture, I would
recommend that you park your vehicle on the other side of the bridge that
you had driven over. Walk toward the nesting boxes on the opposite side of
the road from them and get your picture once you are close enough to see
I think that this owl is a good candidate for being a "Brown Adult". The other
two options would be Gray or Red. It was definitely not all gray. It was also
not bright red like a Red Fox. Its' head and belly feathers were more brownish.
If you are able to get a good photo of this owl and you want to decide for
yourself what color it is, try using this link to assist you;
Good luck if you are going to try to see this owl. . . .
Other birds of note:
Champlain Bridge open water area (Thanks to Ron Payne for finding these
1 Snow Goose at 7:49 a.m.
1 American Wigeon at 8:01 a.m.
The end of Long Point Rd. in N. Ferrisburgh:
1 Carolina Wren (heard by Craig Provost & me, spotted by Craig) at 11:04a.m.
1 Barrow's Goldeneye (drake) spotted by Craig at 12:12 p.m.