Great footage, Mike, of the Short-eared in flight. Loved seeing the under and upper wing markings.. to say nothing of that distinctive face.  Thanks for sharing.

Can someone explain to me why I did not get that VTBIRD posting from Mike, yet I got Ali's with his attached????  I think I miss many VTBIRD postings.

Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT

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Subject: [VTBIRD] Short-eared Owls, Gage Road


Ron Payne, Ian Worley and I watched three short-eared owls yesterday from
5:09 until too-dark.  2 were west & south of dilapidated barns and the third
was in the field south of Gage Road.  Good optics gave satisfying looks in
dim light and I enjoyed seeing faces while they flowed along on air.  We
also saw a Snowy close to the Goose Viewing area and heard a Great Horned.
A nice trio of owl species!



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From: Mike Sargent
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 11:42 AM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Short-eared Owls, Crows - Video

The South Burlington crows have been active lately. On Saturday afternoon
they congregated behind the forestry lab on the UVM cross country course,
before taking off in a steady stream toward the lake. On Monday at dusk,
there were many hundreds in the trees just north of the correctional
facility on Farrell Street. For an interesting and opinionated discussion
about the origins and usage of the term "murder", check out the Audubon Web
site at:

No, It’s Not Actually a Murder of Crows | Audubon<>
You’ve heard them all before, somewhere. In a bad poem, maybe, or as part of an online clickbait-y slideshow. “Did you know that a group of owls is called a ...

I've also posted a video clip of short-eared owls, from the Dead Creek WMA
and the Parker River NWR on Plum Island. The Gage Road group tend to come
out 10 minutes after sunset, so there's not much time to see them before it
gets dark. In December, after 3 days of dawn and dusk searching all over
Plum Island, I saw an owl that happily showed up about a half-hour before
sunset. Not surprisingly, there were several northern harriers in the
vicinity. And of course there were several snowy owls, just like everywhere
else in northern New England.

The video clips, along with various other ones, are at:

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