I had stopped along the road just south of the Overlook to take this image as the hawk flew over and while taking it I heard several Black-capped Chickadees sternly scolding something a few hundred feet behind me along the road. A bit of searching and poof... there's the culprit.
An adorable little Northern Saw-whet Owl!
All of my views were obstructed but damn... these owls are cute!
Though I don't think the Chickadees feel the same...
A brief video as it roosted along the road.
A stop further down the Refuge at Hellcat found a Clay-colored Sparrow in very poor light.
and Emerson Rocks at Lot #7 was once again full of shorebirds, this Hudsonian Godwit was most cooperative.
Yet another great day in the field!