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Grasshopper Sparrow

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018

Grasshopper Sparrow

Here’s another winter treat from earlier this week – a Grasshopper Sparrow! This bird should have been spending its holidays wintering in the southern U.S. or Central America. However, our friend Paul Fusco spotted this little one feeding in open grass along a trail. This was before the major snowfall on Thursday, and conditions have only worsened. We put some seed out for it that the bird was enjoying at the time. Hopefully it kept moving south before the latest storm and found refuge in other locations like this. Grasshopper Sparrows are another grasslands species with a...

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Still Snowy

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017

Still Snowy

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season thus far! Our Snowy Owl visitors continue to spend it here with us, delighting many birders who find a moment to sneak out into the field between presents…or heavy snowfall. Be safe if you are in our local area, and when you can get out, enjoy finding the winter delights like this one. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Snowy Owl Snooze

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017

Snowy Owl Snooze

We were lucky enough to have a Snowy Owl stop by Stratford Point today for a snooze! There have been several in the surrounding Stratford/Milford area for a few weeks, though they have stopped on the property only a couple of occasions during that time. On such a beautiful day many people were out and about walking and not realizing the owl was trying to take a nap on the brush pile directly along our trail. I tried to redirect folks as I could (without trying to flush it myself by shouting over or walking down that same trail). The photos here are cropped from 500mm, and even then I was...

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Snowy Owl Flight

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017

Snowy Owl Flight

I took a grand total of one photo of a Snowy Owl today, and here it is! Yes, literally one shot, but it was worth it to capture a bird on a very cool location – an abandoned hangar. I am so glad everyone has been enjoying all of the Snowy action and my photos here, but these are only the pretty parts of a busy year of conservation and education. If you want to make a difference with RTPI please show it by giving us and someone you care about a gift this holiday season! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Dark Snowy Owl

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017

Dark Snowy Owl

Today’s Snowy Owl was photographed in light snow and appropriately dark, arctic conditions. This heavily marked bird was a target of mine as the presumed juvenile female had been in the area for about a week. Do you notice anything else in the photos? You can see some bloody spots on the light from a recent meal. I only watched the bird for a few minutes as this was not a good place to linger, but others had reported seeing it eating rats in recent days. When I left the owl was still sitting there while countless drivers passed not knowing this special creature was right over their...

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