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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Friday, December 31, 2010

Cooper's Hawk - Essex, MA - December 31, 2010

A hatch year Cooper's Hawk found it's way into the yard this afternoon for a late lunch of "unfortunate Titmouse". It sat on the fence watching both me and the birds as I approached for the photos below and a brief video that can be seen at:

Cooper's Hawk Video On You Tube - 2 minutes

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An "Owly" Afternoon Drive - Dec. 29, 2010

A drive around town this afternoon turned up five Screech Owls sitting out as they waited for the sun to drop below the horizon. Three were close enough to the road for the photos below. You've gotta love the Screech Owls winter roosting habits!
E. Screech Owl - Hamilton
E. Screech Owl - Ipswich
E. Screech Owl - Essex

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Xmas Day 2010

A drive around the north shore produced a few nice images.
American Kestrel - Newburyport
Common Loon - Gloucester
Cooper's Hawk - Salisbury
Cedar Waxwing - Newburyport
E. Screech Owl - Ipswich
E. Screech Owl - Essex
E. Screech Owl - Salisbury 
Horned Lark - Hampton 
Red-tailed Hawk - Newburyport

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ipswich Screech Owls - Composite of the two owls using the same roost hole

This is a composite of the 2 Screech Owls that used the same roost hole in the tree at Corliss Brothers in Ipswich this November. I've only seen the red Screech for the past month or so.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Eastern Screech Owl - December 21, 2010

This red morph Screech Owl was roosting along the road in Hamilton today. I wonder if the recent snow pushed it to use the hole as a roost location?

Blue Goose - O'Maley School - Dec. 20, 2010

A stop at the O'Maley School along Rte 127A in Gloucester found 50 or so Canada Geese with a lone Snow Goose, dark morph, foraging on the ball fields grass. The Eastern Point MAS parking lot turned up a Bufflehead foraging quite close to the road.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Screech Owl - Ipswich, MA - December 16, 2010

A drive by Corliss Brothers along Rte 133 in Ipswich Thursday morning found the red morph Eastern Screech Owl roosting in the usual hole. I'm hoping to see a pair of owls in this hole before the winter ends. It was nice to see the sun after 5 or 6 days of overcast conditions but it made for some harsh shadows on the owl.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Screech Owl Video - November 06, 2010

A 5 minute video of a Screech Owl roosting in a box behind the house on November 6, 2010

Screech Owl Video - November 7, 2010

A brief video of a Screech Owl that spent several days in one of the boxes in the backyard this November.

Screech Owl Video - November 7, 2010

Another brief video of the Screech Owl roosting in one of the boxes in the backyard this November. I shot this at dusk just prior to it leaving the box for the night.