We paddled Whitney Creek from the Rt. 125 boat launch at mid-day today and
found a large diversity of waterfowl and other birds:
Caspian Terns-pair fishing
Great Blue Heron
Ospreys-3 pair nest building
There was also a Carolina Wren singing near the boat launch.
In Bridport we found a continuing juvenile female Snowy Owl on the north
side of Middle Rd. about a quarter mile W of Basin Harbor Rd. A very white
snowy, probably an adult and an owl I have not seen before this winter, was
on the W side of Basin Harbor Rd. about a quarter mile N of Swinton Rd.
Finally, a light snowy was on a fence post S of Crown Point Rd. about a
quarter mile W of Basin Harbor Rd. We saw all of these owls just before
the rain and right after it started.
Also on Middle Rd. near the first owl, a female Northern Harrier was
hunting. Near the owl on Basin Harbor Rd., a female light-phase
Rough-legged Hawk was perched in a red cedar.
This is the latest date I have ever seen Snowy Owls. I have been visiting
Addison County every week since mid-December to observe snowies, and I am
very interested to learn when they all leave. If you see any snowies this
spring, please post to the list or email me privately.