RE: Great Gray Owl comments
- Hi Bev
Yes Fresno County , Sierra National Forest. My mistake.
Be a great find in Sierra County too.
One of the Great Grey Owl skins in the MVZ is a GGO collected in Shasta
Thank you for the editing - Kathy e mailed me on the error also.
The Biologist Carla Cicero indicated that she that worked Boy Scout
Camp/Dinky Creek area studying Jays.
She indicated that there are Spotted Owls in the "area".
I did notice that the meadow areas were very damp, areas had standing
water and full of wild flowers yet(late?).
So this past winter was very wet, maybe that effected the GGO prey base
volume so no nesting success.
Did the SE biologist comment on food source or ecological balance of
habitat out of balance due to El Nino?
Well maybe next year we'll get lucky.
In pasting it was very cool here today; how was it over by you?
Hope to meet you birding some day.
Again thanks for your mail and correction.
Pleasanton, Ca 94566
From: Beverly Brock [mailto:bevbrock@...]
Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2005 2:22 PM
To: quail442003; Kathy Robertson
Subject: Great Gray
Hi Rich and Kathy--
Congratulations on the physical evidence of great gray owl
presence near the Boy Scout Camp. The site, by the way, is in Fresno
County, not Sierra Co. Did you mean to say, Rich, that you did NOT hear
or see the owl?
We learned a few days ago that great gray and spotted owl
productivity this year was poor in that area, presumably because of the
bad weather so late in the season. The Southern California Edison
biologist we spoke to said that no young were detected this year, so the
movements of the adults are far more erratic and unpredictable than if
they would be if they had young to provide for. In years when there are
young, seeing a great gray happens about half the time near the Boy
Scout camp at dusk, but chances of seeing them will be much slimmer for
the rest of the summer. We know they're in the forest somewhere, but
having them in view is another matter. You'll have to try again next
Sanger, Fresno County, CA
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> From: quail442003 <rscimino@...>
> To: <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
> Date: 08/12/2005 5:15:00 PM
> Subject: [CALBIRDS] Sierra County -Great Grey Owl feather
> On Saturday/Sunday August7th Kathy Robertson and I searched
> for the Shaver Lake/ Dingy creek / Boy Scout Meadows
> Great Grey Owl which was present 2004.
> It was a visual no show.
> But as we walked the meadow boarder Sunday AM I found a feather.
> It was recently dropped,it laid on top of the due which covered the
> meadow next to some fallen dead pines.
> The feather is fresh in appearance.
> This week I took some time from work and visited U of C Berkeley were
> I was able to match the feather to other
> Great Grey Owls skins held in U of Berkeley Museum of Zoology.
> Carla Ciciro was my host and was very helpful, as well very deligent
> she pulled Great Horn and Spotted Owl skins to do the comparison
> The conclusion, by Carla Cicero staff Biologist is the feather is the
> a back feather from a Great Grey Owl.
> We did see or hear the Great Grey Owl.
> However the owl was present at some point during the post dawn period
> B4 11 AM, which is the time we a found the feather.
> Rich Cimino
> Pleasanton, Ca.
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