Saturday, February 10, 2007

Short-eared Owls

Hi Everyone
A nice surprise this afternoon, from 16.30 onwards, were two Short-eared Owls (Hiboux des marais) quartering a field west of St-Clet. Judging by their fidelity to anearby copse I would think that they will stick around.
Directions: From St-Clet take the Cites Des Jeunes west until you reach a rise in the road, park just after the rise and about 500m from a left turn onto Chemin Ranger. The birds were hunting in the field on the right (north) and perching up on the edge of the small wood (one with prey). On the opposite side of the road was what appeared to be a Snow Bunting roost (Bruant des neiges) with a few hundred birds present.

Along Ste-Julie between the 201 and the end 4 Snowy Owls (Harfang de neiges) and a few flocks of Lapland Longspurs (Bruants lapon), and Horned Larks (Alouettes hausse-col).

Best wishes

Mark Dennis

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