Yesterday, I ticked my first Northern Saw-whet Owl - not in wilds of the Green Mountain State, but within the city limits of Philadelphia, at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum. The little fellow was tucked into a tangle of bittersweet vines about 20 feet from the bike and jogging trail ...
|Northern Saw-whet Owl at Heinz NWR, Philadelphia|
|Northern Saw-whet Owl|
|Great Horned Owl - Heinze NWR, Philadelphia|
|Great Horned Owl|
Though most of the impoundment and ponds of the refuge were in the frozen grip of winter, the Great Horned Owl was, or soon will be, on the nest. The resident Bald Eagle pair has been remodeling its tree top aerie and will also be on the nest soon. Nearby, planes took off and landed at the Philadelphia airport.
|Frozen impoundment at Heinz NWR|