Author Archives: Justin Cale

Into The Fold: How A Snowy Owl Captured The Heart Of A New Birder

  On a cold, dreary Saturday morning, my father and I awoke at 4 a.m. in preparation for a trip to the Lake Erie shoreline. Northwest Ohio can provide a plethora of birding opportunities year round, and we had a feeling that we would not be disappointed. There were reports of Northern Saw-whet Owls andContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Razorbill

  This past August, I was fortunate enough to visit Machias Seal Island. While most come to observe the Atlantic Puffins, this island holds far more than just one bird. It’s also home to Arctic Terns, Common Terns, the occasional Northern Harrier that finds it’s way from the mainland to hunt, and the feature ofContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Boreal Chickadee

  Denizens of the boreal forest, Boreal Chickadees are aptly named. These birds make their home in the coniferous forests of Canada and northern parts of the northern most states, these birds were one of my main targets on my visit to the Sax Zim Bog. Made up of Black Spruce, Tamarack, and a fewContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Pine Grosbeak

  The boreal forests of North America are full of amazing landscapes and wildlife. Viewing wildlife in these areas often means freezing temperatures. While not exactly the most favorable conditions for us humans to be exposed to for long periods of time, many animals flourish in the cold weather.     At 8-10 inches long,Continue Reading

Species Spotlight: Virginia Rail

  Have you ever found yourself walking through a marsh or swamp, only to be startled by an otherworldly sound coming from the reeds that you’re walking past? Chances are good that what you’re hearing is a Virginia Rail. Very secretive birds, they are rarely seen and usually only heard during their breeding season whenContinue Reading

Hunting for Long-eared Owls

  Arriving in the parking area of an out of the way park in central Ohio, I was greeted with near darkness and cold temperatures. A good friend had decided to brave the weather and come out with me to venture into the wild in search of one of the most elusive owl species inContinue Reading

Scoters, Friends, And The Ties That Bind

  After a long week, I decided to spend some time alone on the shore of a local reservoir. A report had come in a couple of days before of a flock of Black Scoters and a possible Surf Scoter, and I thought I’d try my luck for some peace, quiet, and ducks.    Continue Reading

Species Spotlight: Eastern Screech-Owl

  If you’ve ever heard an odd, eerie trill while walking along a woodland path or even a wooded urban trail have no fear! Contrary to its it’s name, the Eastern Screech-Owl rarely screeches. Chances are that you’ve heard this wonderfully melodic and calming call without realizing it!     This small owl is oneContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Sandhill Crane

  Being the most common crane in the world does not make the Sandhill Crane any less a wonder to see. A large and gray with a brilliant crimson crown, the Sandhill Crane is a spectacular bird–growing to just under four feet tall!     Migrating in large numbers, Sandhills often congregate en masse inContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Burrowing Owl

  A favorite (if such a thing can be said) among Owl lovers is the pint sized Burrowing Owl. Unlike many species of Owl, the male and female Burrowing Owl are virtually identical in size. Standing at just up to ten inches tall, and weighing in at a mere six ounces, these Owls are quiteContinue Reading