The big numbers being seen, ranging from 3 to 11, along with Northern
Harriers at times, are at Gage Road in Addison. This is a dead-end road
off Route 22A, just under a mile south of Addison (intersection with
Route 17). Go west on Gage past farm buildings on the left, to a Y,
which takes you to an old barn. That has been the best viewing
location. The owls have been seen around that barn and in the fields to
the north and east (and sometimes south and west).
Birders have been arriving between 3:30 and 4:00 with the owls appearing
some time between 4:00 and 4:45 right up until it is too dark to see
them. That location can be breezy and cold; dress to stay warm while
standing around waiting and looking for the owls. The weather for today
and tomorrow, late afternoon, looks good. Good luck!
On 11/28/2020 7:13 AM, Laura Bonazinga Bouyea wrote:
> Ian, are you seeing the short eared owls
> Around dusk? We want to take our young son and hope to time it right! Is there a marker for the best place to look on Gage?
> Any information is much appreciated. Our son is quite the birder and would enjoy both species!
> Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
> Vermont Speech Language Pathology
> University of Vermont
> The Stern Center for Language & Learning
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>> On Nov 28, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Ian Worley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> The recent high numbers of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at the Gage Road area in Addison County, I suspect is enhanced by very high numbers of voles. I haven't been there myself this fall, but I've been birding/dog-walking in several large cut-hay and stubble corn fields in western Addison County. The vole signs in places are the highest density I've seen (to my recollection) in quite a long time. There are extensive runway systems, holes everywhere, and foxes and fox diggings are common.