- Feb 3, 2002Decided to get an early start on my Superbowl celebrations this morning
(Sun Feb 3) by doing some owling up Low Gap Rd. It was rather foggy but
still ended up being a productive morning. Best bird was a LONG-EARED
OWL at 1.5 miles above Pine Ridge Rd (all mileages will be from Pine
Ridge Rd). Unfortunately the bird only called three times.
Surprisingly, the first owl of the morning was a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL I
coaxed into responding to my whistles (1.0 mile). As is often the case
with saw-whets, it took a while to get started, but once warmed up there
was no stopping it. I think it was still calling as I drove away. Had
my first WESTERN SCREETCH-OWL at 1.5 miles (with the LEOW). At 1.7
miles I had another NSWO and WESO). At 2.5 miles I heard my one and
only NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL. The morning was capped off with a PILEATED
WOODPECKER calling just below the gap shortly after dawn (not an owl but
we'll still count it).
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