Friday, January 15, 2010

A Lifer for All

On our first day of birding in the UP, we were treated to many great looks of some pretty awesome birds! There were quite a few lifers had by all, but only one bird was a lifer for everyone present - a Northern Hawk Owl.

Our first Northern Hawk Owl was spotted by Eric in a tree line more than 200 yards away while we were driving at about 40 mph. While we got great looks through our scopes, we were still hoping to find one a bit closer to the road. Luckily, there was one right around the next corner about 50 yards off the road. We all got amazing scope looks and awesome pictures. The above photo was taken as this individual finally got sick of us and decided to move on before we had completely had our fill.

Other amazing birds that we saw today included Pine Grosbeak, Bohemian Waxwing, Snowy Owl, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Shrike, and Gray Jay.

Look for another update soon!


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