Short-eared Owls Sanilac Co.

Karl Overman martineoverman at
Sat Nov 13 21:17:27 EST 2004

Today, November 13th, our birding party consisting of Greg Norwood, 
Robert Epstein, Neil Gilbert and myself, saw 3 Short-eared Owls west of 
Port Sanilac, Sanilac County at 5:40 p.m.  This was in agricultural land 
on Goetze Road a half mile north of Washington Road or 1.5 miles south 
of M-46.  The birds flew over both sides of the road before disappearing 
over a hill to the west.  We had Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike 
four miles to the west on Church Road.

Cackling Geese may soon not be newsworthy but we saw them twice today:  
five birds in a large gravel pit on Ruth Road .4 of a mile north of M-46 
in Sanilac County and a single bird at Harbor Beach, Huron County.  
These Cackling Geese were all in large flocks of Canadas.

At the beginning of the day we had seen two King Eiders at Port Huron 
around 8 am.  Both on November 11th and today, I found the best vantage 
point to see the birds is a street that dead ends at the mouth of the 
St. Clair River (Riverview?).  This street separates the Coast Guard 
station from a factory on the riverfront.  The eiders would repeatedly 
drift by that location and then fly back out into Lake Huron.  The view 
of these birds from Lighthouse Park was considerably more distant.

We checked Loosemore Road in Huron County for Bohemian Waxwings and came 
up empty.  We had no northern finches, not even siskins.  The only other 
notable bird we had in Huron County was a late Catbird at Grindstone 
City at the former "Spotted Towhee" locale.


Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Mi.

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