Took a quick run to PA this morning to see if I could find a Long eared owl or a Saw whet. I have been striking out on Saw whet the last few years and I was hoping that my luck would change. The weather was very cooperative and it was pretty toasty by 7 am. Although I spent an hour knocking on the usual doors I struck out on both Long eared and Saw whet. This is the first time I've been out to this spot in November and I am hoping that my luck will change later in winter.
I was lucky enough to see a Screech owl popping its head out of a 'Wood duck box'. I had to chuckle to myself considering that I am the only person in the world who can't attract a Screech owl pair to my owl box. To add salt to the wounds my blog is named after the aforementioned vacant owl box. I had to wonder if I'd get a tenant if I started calling it a Wood duck box. To be consistent I will also need to change the name of the Blog to the Wood duck box.... doesn't have the same ring does it. How about Wood duck owl box blogspot - shoewee what a mouth full ;-)
Anyway here is a photo of the Screech owl that was mocking me with his/her cuteness. This is the first photo that I've taken with my 300mm lens and the 1.4 extender. I'm pretty impressed with the results, especially give that I had to manual focus it. I also found a very cooperative Great Blue Heron.