Sunday, December 11, 2011
Short-eared Owls and Harriers! - 10 Dec 2011
I saw Joan Tisdale, so I walked out to her car as she was getting her camera gear together. We walked the road a bit and had the opportunity to see an Eastern Meadowlark pop out of the grasses about 20 yds. away and pose momentarily before settling back down. Its bright yellow chest just popped in the late afternoon sun! We would also be treated to several flocks of Horned Larks passing by and dropping into the snow-covered field to our right. They were close enough that we could hear their 'tinkling' call as they flew by.
In the woods far across the field to the east a single Red-tailed Hawk was perched. It appeared as a white speck through our binoculars, and white blob in our scopes.
It made one last perch atop another wooden post before circling back east toward Gottfredson Rd. Dave Cooper would later post that he saw a bird perch on Vreeland Rd., and I'm betting that it was this bird just after flying back away from us.
Fully satisfied, and frozen, we rolled up the window and headed off to the Claddagh for some warm dinner and coffee. Great night!