Church Road, Monroe, US-NY
Jan 22, 2012
Comments: It was partially sunny and 34F along Church Road in Hamlin when Mary Flood and I arrived. Several other cars and birders showed up, too. While we waited for the Short-eared Owls to appear, we were amply entertained by Northern Harriers and Horned Larks. A few minutes after sunset the first Short-eared was spotted by Kim Sucy. Shortly thereafter we had no less that five Short-ears: four in the air and one on the ground eating a fresh catch. Their barking was clearly heard as they hunted over the fields, fairly close to where all the birders were stationed. Once it got too dark to see the owls clearly anymore, the birding party broke up and the cars left. Our car was the last remaining as I needed a couple extra minutes to put my spotting scope away. Mary that saw a Short-eared perched on a post right next to our car on the opposite side of the road. The camera refused to take the picture, so we satisfied ourselves with extremely close views through our binoculars while the owl didn't seem to care in the least. It was a terrific outing!
Northern Harrier 4 2 juveniles and 2 adults
Short-eared Owl 5
Horned Lark 12
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