Subject: [Tweeters] N Hawk Owl - Brewster Date: Nov 21 18:36:41 2014 From: Terry Little - terry at crossoverchurch.info
I must confess I have a weakness for N Hawk Owls.So I made the trek to Brewster today to see one of my favorite birds. Along the way, there were a few nice birds as well.
At Steamboat Rock on Banks Lake was a flock of 26 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS mixed in with the larger flocks of Common and Hooded Mergansers. A gorgeous GOLDEN EAGLE circled overhead.
I arrived in the Hawk Owl area a little after noon and quickly found a Merlin perched on a pole. After making a few loops around N Star and Blossom Rds, I ran into Barry McKenzie from Oregon. Just a few minutes later, the owl showed up on a power pole in front of one of the houses on Blossom Rd. We got great looks through the snow and even heard the owl vocalize a few times, a first for me. Soon, our friend flew to a tree behind the house and hung out there for nearly 45 minutes. Sometimes, it could be pretty hidden in the tree.
A few minutes later, Michael Hobbs showed up and we continued to watch the owl in the same tree behind the house. It was attacked three times by a Northern Shrike. After Michael left, the snow picked up and the owl relocated to the orchard across the road and hunted from pole to pole till I left at 2pm. Got to watch the N Hawk Owl for nearly an hour and a half.
On my way home, a Prairie Falcon flew across the highway near Creston. At dusk, there were 5 Great Horned Owls and one Short eared Owl between Davenport and Reardan.
So, two eagles, a harrier, 2 buteos, 3 owls, and 3 falcons. Fun day.