Northern Saw-whet Owl - Salisbury Beach, Essex Co., MA. October 24th, 2010. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of our recent Birdfinders Tour of New England. A nice Sunday morning find for Steve Grinley who quickly got the word out to birders in the immediate area. Canon Powershot A560 through Swarovski HD telescope.
These two images give a better impression of how the bird appeared with the naked eye. Taken with a Canon Powershot A560 and a minimal amount of zoom. No other optical aids used.
As we arrived at Salisbury Beach a Short-eared Owl suddenly appeared over the campsite and flew straight over the famous 'owl grove'. Digi-bin shot using Canon Powershot A560 through Leica 8 x 30 binoculars.
Special thanks to the kind folks at the scene who directed us to the Saw-whet and to Brian Cassie for passing the word on when we were on Plum Island.