This evening at about 7:30 - 7:35 PM, I saw Jerry's Short-eared Owl
at milepost 72.32 on Hwy 1. This is the old townsite of Newport. I
thought I was a little early arriving at 7:20, but a high marine layer
began to come in. I parked at the gate at milepost 72.21. Many
times I've thought that this is a great spot for Short-eared Owl.
The sun was obscured by the partial marine layer, so the lighting
was just right. Just about 7:35, I saw the owl fly low from the slope
on the east side of the highway. It flew across the road, rose higher,
then swooped straight down into the high grass in the field. It landed
close to the road. I walked up to mm 72.32. Shortly, it flew north,
staying low and went over the small rise. The terrain slopes down
I walked back to the car. Another car stopped on the road between
the two mileposts. I started to go up to talk to them, but they moved
forward, stopping and driving until they went over the rise. Their
timing would have been good, if the marine layer had not come in.
Hopefully, they will try again.
I really like watching Short-eared Owls hunt. Either Jim or myself
were always assigned to get one for the Morro Bay CBC. We were
successful all but once or twice.
North of Ten Mile River
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