I'm an avid birder and nature photographer wishing to share some of my sightings & images taken while out in the "wilds" of Cape Ann and surrounding New England countryside. More images can be found on my web site at New England Birds Plus Enjoy, Phil Brown

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

9 Owl Day - Jan. 30, 2011

A late January windless but gray day turned out to be my best Screech Owl day to date. Temps in the high 20's to low 30's and NO sun found 9 Screech Owls sitting out enjoying the conditions. One was a new location and the last of the day was a brown morph roosting in the box at home. Photos of 7 can be seen below, two of the owls not photographed were roosting in boxes at different location in town.

Other birds of the day, seen below after the owls, were a Thick-billed Murre feeding quite close to the pier at the State Fish Pier in Gloucester and a Northern Shrike that perched over the road along Island Rd. in Essex.

The "newest" location along Rte 133 in Essex

The "Corliss" Screech - Rte 133, Ipswich

Along the road in Ipswich.

A brief video of the owl above from Jan 17, 2011 as it surveys it's surroundings 
before heading out for the night.
#2 along Rte 133 in Essex

Off of Rte 1A in Newbury

Off of Rte 1A in Rowley

and lastly at home this evening. A brief video can be seen below.

Thick-billed Murre - State Fish Pier, Gloucester 

Northern Shrike - Island Rd. Essex