Northern Saw-whet Owl & Others

This afternoon’s stroll was at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. While I have been seeing Saw-whet Owls the last couple of weeks, none have been in spots suitable for photographing. While today was not much different,

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

… this Northern Saw-whet Owl was a little less hidden than usual. When the Chickadees came around the tree alerting to the owl’s presence,

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

… its only reaction was to yawn and then continue napping.

I then spent some time at the northeast corner of the east dyke trail. An Evening Grosbeak had been sighted there yesterday. While waiting to see if it would make an appearance,

Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

… I took the opportunity to photograph some of the others stopping by.

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

As luck would have it, no sign of the Evening Grosbeak.

Last stop of the afternoon was in the area of the tower to look for a Virginia Rail. While I did hear it, and then spot in amongst the reeds, it did not come out into the open.

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird

One of many Red-winged Blackbirds provided the last shot of the afternoon.

Bittern, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Golden-crowned Sparrow

Between work and the rain I managed a few brief walks over the last week. The American Bittern continues to show well along the south dyke at Reifel.

American Bittern
American Bittern
American Bittern
American Bittern

One of the wintering Northern Saw-whet Owls was a little more visible one afternoon.

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

Figured I would take this shot while it was snoozing away the afternoon because it won’t be long before they migrate to their nesting areas.

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

While I could locate no unusual sparrows, this Golden-crowned struck a half decent pose.

Northern Saw-whet Owl & Cooper’s Hawk

Another stroll through Reifel and I came across this Northern Saw-whet Owl sleeping under some over hanging branches and relatively unobstructed.

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

I took a photo and was about to leave when I could hear noise behind me.

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

A squirrel was clambering through the branches and got the attention of the Saw-whet. As I touched on last month, these photos just took a little time, patience and no broken branches.

Along one of the inside trails,

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk

… was this adult Cooper’s Hawk watching some American Coot in the slough.