[CT Birds] Shelton Great Horned Owl
Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 3 20:24:15 EST 2014
[Reminder: CTBirds guidance states, "Some birds should not be posted for the good of the bird. This includes day-roosting owls...including Great-Horned Owl". Sightings described below are far from "chase-able" by birders, and I believe comply with these basic, but very important guidelines]
Last week during daylight, before dusk (about 5 pm) I was driving in Old Wethersfield and spotted a large, "top-heavy", thick-winged, raptor flying across the street. I was able to watch it in the open for what seemed to be forever (5-8 seconds). A Great Horned Owl!
I've seen many big owls flying in thick deciduous woods, but only for a second or two; a couple flaps, before they disappeared in the trees. I was so grateful to be able to briefly study this ponderous flap-flap-glide flight behavior.
Today during daylight (at 5:30 pm) I was driving north on Rte 110 when I saw a large bird exhibiting the same flight! A Great Horned Owl was crossing the Housatonnic River to Milford. On both occasions, I only wish that I was standing beside the road with bins, rather than driving.
Open country owl sightings are rare in CT. I recall decades ago, a few mid-morning sightings of migrating Short-eared Owls at Lighthouse. These rare (for me) GH Owl sightings were a reminder of those days at Lighthouse.
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