Our luck began when we stumbled across a Great Gray Owl perched on a road sign! It was completely indifferent to our presence, and I manged to get a few decent shots out the window of the car. It eventually flew from its perch to a nearby fence post where it perched. We watched it for a few minutes and then continued on our way, finding another just a few hundred metres down the road! We decided to press our luck and actually made a few wrong turns in our state of 'owl fog' before coming back to the honey hole. We discovered possibly a third Great Gray a bit further down the road.
|Great Gray Owl|
|The third (or second) bird hunting as it was getting dark|
Our luck continued as James picked out an Evening Grosbeak among a flock of several hundred robins flying over!
As we were standing there looking for the grosbeak, a Northern Shrike flew right up to us and perched in a nearby tree! It eventually flew off over head, making the nearby starling nervous.
|Northern Shrike - note the hooked beak|
After work we decided to press our luck further by driving 20 minutes up to the Lafleche Landfill to look for Gyrfalcon. Although unsuccessful, we did see over 100 Glaucous Gulls! What a spectacle! Our hearts skipped a beat as we saw a large falcon perched way off in the distance, but upon closer examination it turned out to be a Peregrine Falcon. It treated us to an entertaining few moments after it flew from its perch, taking a swipe at a nearby Rough-legged Hawk before gaining serious altitude thousands of feet in the air before plummeting down to the earth, splitting a flock of starlings in half and narrowly missing its target. A great cap on a wonderful 24 hours of birding!
We also came across some interesting winter tracks in the snow, anyone want to take a guess what made them (we saw the animal that made it).
|What made these imprints in the snow?|