Monday, December 2, 2013

Close-up Deer & 1 Elf Village But No Snowy Owl

 I took a ride over to Great Island boat launch in Old Lyme to look for a Snowy Owl but I'm afraid I was a day late and a dollar short. I spent an hour searching the area and had my scope aimed at a white area on a distant deciduous tree. It looked like a possibility but it never moved so it was probably one of those mirage owls. I think the real one moved to a different area.
 I had a close encounter with a deer on the road leading to the boat launch.
 At first she was looking at me all doe-eyed, just as curious of me as I was of her.
But it didn't take long before the deer was off and running. 
 Just 50 yards from where I saw the deer was a very small nature preserve with a short trail. I walked a short distance into the woods. As I turned the corner there was a miniature welcome sign which led me to a clearing with dozens of miniature decorations on the ground and hanging from the trees. It looked like a little elf village or something. I appreciate someone took the time to decorate it because that and the view of the marsh were the highlights of the preserve.
The entire area was protected by a fierce dragon named Pyragordon. He tried to melt the soles on my hiking boots with his dragon breath when I walked by. I know when I'm not wanted so that was the end of my trip. Hopefully the Snowy Owls are still around next weekend so I can have a chance to see one.


troutbirder said...

Wondering if this is a regular winter sighting or an irruption? We get the later in northern Minnesota but very very rarely here in the southern part of the State.

Larry said...

troutbirder-there is an irruption.Snowy Owls have been seen in several states where they're not normally seen.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely deer and I know all about those mirage owls...