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.
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,
… 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,
… and posed with its feathers all puffed up.
There were enough visitors coming by and enjoying the owl that I spent the afternoon there.
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,
… and the Common Redpoll flock was still around.
At this point they were along the inside grassy trail.
While not quite what I was hoping for, I did manage a few nice shots.
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.