Recent reports of a Northern Hawk Owl in Vermont continue, so with Christmas Eve to ourselves, we decided to go visit this beauty along with a good friend and great birder! The trip was approximately 6 hours from Central, NJ and be forewarned, the roads are icy.
The bird continues as of today (Dec 27, 2013) in Waterbury, VT, along the side of Glenn Hill Road.
For up-to-date info, please consult http://birding.aba.org/maillist/VT
This beautiful creature’s range is typically in Boreal forests of Northern Canada, and they are not migratory. Occasionally, like Snowy Owls, they will irrupt southward, to Southern Canada or the Northern U.S.
They typically feed on small mammals, rodents and a variety of birds. – Pictured here, in these blurry photos, our subject catches a rodent for lunch.
We stayed and watched the bird for about an hour and a half. In addition to catching a rodent, we were treated to flight views (it even flew in closer to us and perched.)
The bird has a very unique patterning to it, with stripes and spotting, and heavy dark outlines on its head.
This Christmas Eve trip was one we won’t soon forget. The journey was fun, the company was great and exploring the surrounding area was fun as well, as there is lots to see and do nearby.
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you need to get cabin fever.
Get out and go birding!!!!!