Last night, October 8, was the "Owling" Field Trip sponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders. Fifteen people, ranging in age from 5 to 70+ years and including three FBI (youth birders group) members, gathered at 8:30 pm at the Carl Wynn Nature Center. We all filed quietly into the woods and cabin. I played calls from various owl species, concentrating mostly on NORTHERN SAW-WHET (NSWO) calls. After about 25 minutes of no responses I decided we would all re-group at the muskeg at mile .7 Ohlson Mtn. Road. Just as we started talking we got two responses from a not too distant NSWO. That was unfortunately the highlight of the evening!
Our now reduced group of eight (? guessing, it was dark!) stalwart "owlers" re-grouped at the Olhson Mt. Road muskeg, now about 9:35 pm. We called for another 25 minutes without responses. We quit at 10:00pm.
The weather was not ideal with intermittent rain and some wind, temperature around 42 degrees F.
Considering all, it was "a great night to bird!".
Bird sightings and reports from around the Kachemak Bay area in Alaska
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