Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nature sightings today

Approx. 7:45 AM: I saw this little dark thing crossing the road. At first I thought it was a wind blown leaf, but it was moving on its own speed. Suddenly, I saw the outspread wings of a Northern Goshawk, about to come in contact with the front of my vehicle. Luckily it didn't. It was about to swoop on the vole, and I messed up its breakfast. I'm sorry. Glad I didn't hit you!

The Hermit called me at work to tell me he had finally spotted snow buntings just north of our place. They were no doubt pushed south by the strong northwest winds we've had today.

And tonight, as we were headed into town for trick-or-treating: A silhouette on an aspen branch turned out to be a Barred Owl! Cool! I've heard them here, but hadn't actually seen one for a long time.


Anonymous said...

They are seeing an Inca Dove in Two Harbors. Check out Mike Hendricksons website for directions. A first state record!! Lots of birders have already seen it. My husband and I are heading up tomorrow morning. A Barred Owl on Halloween? How cool is that?

momadness said...

We are just so happy to see our little junco friends back. My husband was the first to spot one about a week or so ago; now I see them every morning before I leave for work!

Larry said...

Northern Goshawk sightings are a big deal in our area.-Hearing Barred Owls is just as good as seeing them.-They make such strange and beautiful noises.

nina said...

We saw our barred owl silhouetted against our maple at dawn this morning, too!
They never stay close--we can hear them for miles--but it's special to see them outside the back door!