What a day! Deanna MacPhail and I set out to
see what we could see on North Douglas. Stopped by Paul's, but no Towhee
yet, just Juncos, Chickadees, and a couple Stellar's Jays were seen. Drove
to the end of North Douglas Highway to walk out on the electric line boardwalk
and check out the beach. Halfway down the trail, we spotted a shape that
could have been a leaf or a bird high up at the top of bare spruce tree.
It was a bird, too small for a junco, too large for a crow, and too far away to
identify. Then the bird flew. It was a Northern Pygmy-Owl. We
watched it for about 20 minutes, until the cold caused us to move
on. At the beach, we saw a pair of Common Loons, thanks to
Deanna's scope. Heading back to the car, we hoped to see the owl
again. We did. It was still moving about in the same area (Number
100003 utility pole right beside the boardwalk). Decided to stop at
Paul's one more time on the way back to town. Success! The
Spotted Towhee made an appearance as did the same birds we'd seen earlier.
What a day!
Mary Claire Harris