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Saw What Owl?

February 1, 2010

This past weekend was the 2010 Super Bowl of Birding in Essex County, Massachusetts and Rockingham County, New Hampshire.  As we did last year, a team of bird bloggers consisting of Christopher of Picus Blog, Corey of 10000 Birds, Mike of the Feather and the Flower, John of A DC Birding Blog, Andrew of Birdingdude and myself of this blog, surveyed the coasts and backroads of Essex County searching for fame, fortune, and feathers as the Bloggerhead Kingbirds.

Once we all convened on the scenic Staybridge Suites-Burlington we did what birders and bird bloggers round the world do when they get together.  We went birding.  Christopher had a couple interesting birds for us to see that afternoon and we hot-footed it over to a fairly unassuming of pines for what would be the first notable bird of the trip.  And long-time fans of the Bloggerhead Kingbirds will note that this year’s kick-off was a very similar experience to last year.  Christopher had a predictable Northern Saw-whet Owl teed up and ready for us not a mile from our hotel.

It was a life bird for not only me, but John as well, and we oohed and ahhed at the little bird as everyone got super looks.  Christopher had done it again. Just like last year, we started off with an owl.

After that we took off to an even better bird, one I’m unfortunately not at liberty to talk about right now, but you’ll hear of it soon enough.  The Bloggerhead Kingbirds were off and running.  More to come…

  1. February 1, 2010 11:15 am


  2. February 1, 2010 1:02 pm

    Great Audubon’s Ghost! What a bird!

  3. February 1, 2010 1:09 pm

    Are we sure that Chris did not plant that bird? It’s always nice to start off any birding event with an Owl and a lifer at that. Congratulations again!

  4. February 1, 2010 1:49 pm

    I enjoyed meeting you this weekend, Nate!

  5. Nate permalink*
    February 1, 2010 2:04 pm

    @Owlman- See what you miss?

    @Corey- Indeed

    @Andrew – Thanks! If the bird hadn’t pooped I would have thought Christopher set him up for us.

    @John- Me too, John. See you next year, I hope!

  6. February 1, 2010 3:10 pm


  7. February 1, 2010 11:57 pm

    Congratulations on the lifer N. Saw-whet Owl. What bird could be better than that?

  8. February 2, 2010 11:09 am

    Now that’s a mighty fine way to start the day! If this is how the trip started, I can’t wait to see how the rest of it unfolded.

  9. February 7, 2010 5:17 pm

    What a cool sighting! COngrats!

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