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Good day at the Chickadee Trail

Managed to have a pretty good morning at the Chickadee Trail, but still no owl. I did see what I think was potentially an American Woodcock near the opening to the lagoons. Had a red rump and a longer bill, but with the poor light and it getting flushed so quickly, I couldn't get a good id.

Also, saw 5 hooded mergansers, 3M 2F, on the river on my drive back.

I decided to brave the weather and return to the trail later in the day, between 6 and 7 pm. I didn't see much until the end of the trail, when an owl swooped out quickly in front of me. It looked like it landed close, and I went off the trail a couple meters, hoping to get a good look at it, because it's been evading me this entire week. I couldn't find it in the trees and was about to give up before it came out of the trees and landed in full view on a branch. It stayed there for about ten minutes and I got a very good look at the Barred Owl before I decided to move on and it did as well. Glad I decided to brave the rain!

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