Tue, 20 Jan 2004 -- At about 11:15 today I had a BURROWING OWL visible from
the knoll above the pond on Burris Lane, Potter Valley. In 25+ years of
visiting this spot this is only the second time I've seen one here. Other
people have reported them occasionally in the Burris Lane/Pine Avenue area
through the years. This bird was sunning itself atop a clump of rocks on a
hillside to the NE. As I was watching it through the scope, it stretched up
tall looking at something and then hopped down quickly behind the rocks.
Immediately a PRAIRIE FALCON flew through the field of view low over the
rocks. The owl did not reappear during the next 45 min. Maybe there is a
secure burrow back there. To the list of raptors seen recently from this
spot add Red-shouldered Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and Burrowing Owl.
At 11:00 the AMERICAN DIPPER was singing again under the old bridge
on Potter Valley Road. To the list of birds which have begun singing in the
last week add White-breasted Nuthatch and Oak Titmouse.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA