Fun Weekend Birding – Owls & More

Busy weekend and a lot of fun.

On Saturday, Pat and I did a Wind Over Wings program at the Westport Library.  It was pouring rain outside but we still managed to have about 150 people attend the program.  It was free to the public as are many of our programs.

We presented a Bald Eagle, Red Tail Hawk, Great Horned Owl, and an Eastern Screech Owl.  Quite a variety of Raptors all in one place.  Attendees get to learn about raptors as well as keeping the environment safer for them and us all.

On Sunday, we had a rare treat.  Pat and I drove down to Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to see if we could see a migrating Snowy Owl which had been reported here in the newspapers.  We weren’t disappointed.

Here is a picture of him that was given to us by a friend.Snowy Owl

Snowy Owls are rare in Connecticut.  They normally reside in Northern Canada.  Occasionally, they do migrate down this far, but it’s not usual.  We may spot one or two of these birds in Connecticut each year.

While this picture is awsome, seeing this bird live is even better. There were quite a few people there with high powered scopes and cameras for the event.  The weather was clear, warm, and sunny which was ideal for watching him.  He pretty much stayed in one place on the jetty for a few hours.  With no one near to bother him he could relax and catch a little sleep.  Like most Owls, this bird is nocturnal.  He will be most active after sundown.

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