We thank you all for this information, which inspired our carful to get organized for this weekend. And, thank you, Tyler for the inspiration.
On another note, North Branch Nature Center is offering varied, frequent birding trips in and out of Vermont this spring. Having taken many myself, I can recommend them for young and old Birders of all levels of experience. The trips, led by Chip Darmstadt and or one of the experienced staff begin next week and run through the end of May. Check them out on this website: http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/nbncbirds.html
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> On Feb 3, 2017, at 7:39 PM, Tyler Pockette <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi VT Birders,
> Though this isn't Vermont, it is nearby and still of relevance to Vermont
> birders. It is an irruption year for Great Gray Owls and several can be
> found in and around Montreal right now. Given the close proximity to the
> border, it might be wise for everyone to give those Barred Owls a second
> look this winter.
> I spent this morning birding at a location called Refuge Faunique
> Marguerite D'youville where several Great Gray Owls have been recently
> reported. In just 3 hours of birding, I was able to observe 3 different
> Great Grays. I thought Vermont birders might be interested in knowing about
> this great location that is so close by, if you hadn't already heard of the
> Great Gray Owl influx over the last 2 or 3 weeks.
> Here are a few photos from my time there this morning, in case you needed
> some extra motivation to get across the border.
> Good luck if you try for them!
> Tyler Pockette