Although Birdin's Christmas Bird Count circle is just across the water, it's been quite some time since we've been down here. After today, we can't really understand why. We headed down to the water's edge and then followed along that for some time, Birdin' always keeping her eyes peeled for anything interesting along the way. We spotted two eagle nests, one not too far from the cache, but no eagles in sight anywhere. We found this fun container, which Trekkin' recognized from an event that Birdin' missed because.....she was counting birds across the water that day! We decided to explore the area, because we'd found robins to add to the Year List already and there had to be Brown Creepers hiding on the backs of those trees. We did not find them, but.....a murder of crows was carrying on like nobody's business, and a large bird was seen moving around to avoid them. Let's go find out what it is! Trekkin' made the spot on a poor beleaguered Great Horned Owl, minding its own business as literally more than a hundred crows kept moving in and harrassing it. We stopped where we were, wishing the good camera was along today, and watched it all unfold. You should see those crows get whacked out when an owl decides to ruffle its feathers and move to a new roost!
After all that, we wandered around a bit more to see what else we might discover. A Cooper's Hawk was guarding its lunch on the ice across from "someone" else we met who seemed to be taking a break from caching. The photo will tell all.
We are kind of choosy about what gets our favorite points and this cache surely earns one. The container was cute, but that's not our main criteria. We were brought to an area that has interesting habitat and scenery, invites exploration and different routes to the cache and gave us a little bit of a hike today. The owl encounter iced the whole deal. We love when we head to an interesting spot to find a cache, wander in search of other things and almost forget as a result why we came here in the first place. Well done, G*Force! SL TFTC