Posted by: Arvid | March 29, 2013

Owls

We normally have some owl activity at this time of the year, but it seems that the last year or two there has been more than usual. The past few weeks there has been numerous sightings and talk about the Great Gray Owl. This winter, there have been a number of sightings of the Hawk-Owl.  Although there are small resident populations of these birds, many of those that are here now have come south from Canada in search of food. The Great Gray is a rare bird to see in the U.S. and birders come from all over the country to see them. We also have the Great Horned, Snowy, and Saw-Whet Owls. Most of these birds are active at night so we don’t see much of them. My friend, Topper, gets out and about a lot and has been fortunate to get some excellent photo’s of a couple of birds.

An update on the fishing front.  There was a small boat in the river at Birchdale. The river wasn’t open very wide and it will probably be a few days before any larger boats are able to use the access. It may be up to a week before the river is open at Frontier. That doesn’t leave much time left until the season closes. I’ve heard that some fish are being caught at the Lighthouse Gap and some people have caught some larger fish in the river. Pike fishing has slowed. They may be up small ice-covered rivers and creeks ready to spawn.

Topper Great Gray Owl

A Great Gray Owl

Topper Saw-Whet Owl

A Little Saw-Whet Owl

Kristan Tom and Arvid

Now this is ice fishing

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