Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Winter and Spring duking it out

Northern Hawk Owl, a photo by Laura Erickson on Flickr.

I spent Robert Frost's birthday (March 26) at the Sax-Zim Bog, on an MOU field trip led by Erik Bruhnke. It was cold and windy, so we needed every stitch of winter wear we had, but what a fabulous day! Harriers courting, eagles kettling and at least one at a big nest, lots of gorgeous Rough-legged Hawks, a Great Gray Owl hooting, hilarious Red Squirrel activity, and more! A splendid day, whether we saw it as Winter's Last Stand or Spring Finally Arrives.


  1. Great capture of the Hawk Owl! I have seen only one, many years ago. I'm having a great time--here where it is already summer--watching a couple of screech-owls in the yard. Any owl is a great bird.
    Thanks for the reminder of Robert Frost. Think I'll browse through his poems for a while.

  2. My mom was on this field tour! Yesterday I heard from her about how lovely the Northern Hawk Owl was, and now today I see so for myself!