Here's my rotten record shot. You can just make out the outline of the owl's head to the right of the thick branch that sticks up out of the center of the nest. (Click to enlarge.)
There was a pair of Eastern Bluebirds checking out potential nesting holes here too.
First the female takes a look....
(Can you see her?)
then the male takes his turn.
St. Philip's Bird List:
Dark Eyed Junco
Great Horned Owl
From here, I headed over to Pierpont Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Dudley, hoping to spot the Pileated Woodpeckers that had been seen there last weekend. No luck with the Pileateds, but I did add a new sanctuary and had a nice hike in the snow. The temperature moved into the low 50s, and it felt wonderful!
A sure sign of spring - the worm, not the American Robin!
There were lots of woodpeckers on the woodland trail, but none were the Pileated. Good habitat though!
First-of-Year Red-Winged Blackbirds (female on left)
American Robin, posing nicely
From here, I drove up to Tower Hill Botanic Garden to see if any snowdrops were blooming yet. Wishful thinking, I know!
Not quite, but soon!
(perched on a snowplow marker)
I walked through the Orangerie and the Limonae to see what was in bloom inside these buildings.
Mexican Hat Plant
Coral Bark Willow
Last shot of the day!