Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

This morning, right after dawn and in heavy fog, I was walking through a blueberry barren when right in front of me a large owl exploded into the air.  I was startled and didn’t get my camera up before the bird disappeared into the fog.

Disappointed I continued to hike up the hill when suddenly the owl, clearly a Short-eared Owl was coming right back at me.  This time I got several (bad) photos.

At the top of the hill, there were Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and the rare Lapland Longspurs.

Horned Larks
Snow Buntings
Lapland Longspur

I got back to my desk around 11:00 and started getting some work done when I got alert that a rare (for Maine) Bullock’s Oriole was being seen at a residential feeder in Freeport.  

Upon arriving I waited and waited and the bird (which had been there all day) never arrived.  After almost an hour I realized I was wearing blaze orange (its deer hunting season in Maine) and it might be spooking the Oriole.  Within a minute the Bullock’s (rare this side of the Mississippi) arrive on the feeder.

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