With last evening producing calm winds and brilliant stars, Ron Payne
and I sought owls at a number of locations. Saw three species and heard
Early enough to see its coloration a Short-eared Owl flew over fields
south and west of the end of Gage Road in Addison. The tinkling songs
of a couple Horned Larks said goodby to the end of twilight viewing.
Later, trolling slowly along Grandey Road in Addison, we saw a blur of
wings ahead disappear into a roadside row of trees. Upon stopping we
found and then watched the Eastern Screech Owl keeping track of us no
more than 15 feet away on a branch.
Only a few minutes thereafter, on Townline Road (Addison/Bridport) a
Barred Owl posed nicely above on a utility wire.
Having experienced, thus far in the evening, three occasions when
someone pulled over, stopped, and inquired what we were doing parked
along a back road ---- we decided to leave town, and get on the other
side of Snake Mountain into Weybridge and Cornwall. Our questioners
were deputy sheriffs. We vowed to end our evening ventures, and to
return to early morning owling when vigilant residents are more likely
sleeping, and less likely passing by our stopped car while dialing 911.
Several stops later on Morse Road in Cornwall, by fields just north of
the Cornwall Swamp, we found the fourth species of the evening, a
Great-horned Owl calling in the quiet distance.