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Great Horned Owl

Well we had quite the wind storm and accompanying power outages last night. While it had settled down somewhat by the time I headed out to Reifel this afternoon, there was still a cool breeze. With a smaller crowd than normal for a Sunday, it was fairly quiet as I headed out the east dyke.

Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper

This Brown Creeper was busy foraging moving from tree to another. There were also some Ruby-crowned Kinglets, but none that were going to cooperate for photos. On reaching the northeast corner,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the Great Horned Owls roosting in a branch a little lower than it has been of late. I set the camera up here for visitors allowing them good close up views.

While showing and watching the owl I took time out to feed the eager Black-capped Chickadees that had gathered looking for handouts.

Then it was back to the Great Horned Owl as it cleaned its talons,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… and posed with its feathers all puffed up.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

There were enough visitors coming by and enjoying the owl that I spent the afternoon there.

Peregrine + Downy

With the sun shining I headed out for a short walk this afternoon. I was checking the Reifel and Alaksen areas for the White-winged Crossbills that have been around. Not having much luck with that,

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

… this Peregrine Falcon provided a brief diversion.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

It obligingly changed its roosting spot providing this photo facing the camera.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Towards the end of my outing, this Downy Woodpecker cooperated for the last shot of the day.

More Redpolls

Originally it was supposed to be our first sunny day in a while. Instead we ended up with a fog alert. In spite of this, there was still a good crowd at Reifel when I arrived to help out this afternoon. I was anticipating the brighter day and better photo opportunities with the Common Redpoll. The weather did briefly get a little better,

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

… and the Common Redpoll flock was still around.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

At this point they were along the inside grassy trail.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

While not quite what I was hoping for, I did manage a few nice shots.

Reifel
Reifel

This photo from the base of the tower later in the afternoon is more indicative of what the weather was like most of the day.