|Barn Owl (Tyto alba)|
Am I glad I got off my backside, I had only been on the dyke a few minutes when I spotted what I thought was a Short-eared owl but as the distant speck approached it became clear it was a Barn owl. They are not often seen during the day, the Bald eagles tend give them a hard time and they are normally nocturnal hunters. I managed about 7 shots with six in focus and 2 with good expressions before the bird was out of range.
The underside is adorned with small black spots
On my way back to the car I met a birding "duo" from Prince George who pointed out a Lincoln's sparrow to me. I had seen them in the Caribou but this was my first for the Lower Mainland.
I'm glad I didn't say home, the Newcastle v Stoke game which I had on the PVR can wait for a rainy day.
|Lincoln sparrow (melospiza lincolnii)|
The bird skulked around the undergrowth, occasionally coming out to bathe in a ditch.