After completing our 2012 Big Year we are now trying to add around 100 LIFERS to our life list. Join us as we go birding!!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Grand Forks Lagoons
First good shot!
As you have probably noticed our banner has been updated and that's a juvenile Snowy Owl! We went to the Grand Forks Lagoons and I'm sure glad we chose the entrance we did, because once we got over the gate Simon spotted the Snowy Owl. About half way down the road surrounded by Canada Geese, Northern Pintail and Mallards. There was no trees or any way to sneak up on the owl so we slowly walked toward him, the geese and other ducks made their way into the water. The Snowy Owl stayed, but kept an eye on us. We got within about 500 ft and got a few more shots of him and then he decided we were too close so he flew to a rock about 50 ft away. Wanting to have good pictures of this Snowy Owl we went a little further and a little bit later he flew about 100 ft away again. So we decided we needed to walk closer to the edge of the water and not look at him; so maybe he wouldn't think we were coming after him. For the most part it worked we got within about 400 feet of him and got some more pictures and he flew away. We really enjoyed this experience! Now the Snowy Owl makes # 243!! There was also a lot of Lesser Scaups, Buffleheads, and Horned Grebes.