It was cool and blustery again this morning, but the sun came out for a bit, and that helped a lot. Plus, I went straight down to the river to get out of some of that wind, and it turns out that I wasn’t the only one.
Our resident osprey had already caught its breakfast when I came by, and it was now high up in a giant cottonwood getting to work on it. Of course, it spotted me, as you can plainly see, but decided I wasn’t enough of a threat to bother dragging that fish to another tree.
By the time I had gotten about as far north as the pond, the sun felt nice and warm, so I took a chance and headed over to see if anyone was around, and here’s a goldfinch looking like it is still trying to warm up.
Here’s a female downy woodpecker working up a sweat on a little tree trunk between the path and the pond and completely ignoring me.
And here’s a grey squirrel adding a little fruit to its diet from a bush out over the water.
Back along the river, here’s a male downy woodpecker working just as hard as the female by the pond, but quite a bit farther up a tree. Thank goodness for that blue sky.
As I approached the base of stairway 5, just across from the southern tip of the southern island, long-time reader and expert spotter, Lisa, came hustling down the path to tell me about her latest find: a pair of great horned owls in a big maple tree right on the island.
They were about 6 feet apart on the same branch and slightly obscured by the leaves still clinging to the tree. This island is where we’ve seen owls before, one even took a bath just about right below this spot, but I’ve never seen two of them together in Estabrook before. Thank you, Lisa!
The forecast is for snow tomorrow morning, so that could be interesting, but we’ll just have to wait and see.