Re: [Mendobirds] Long-eared Owl/Lake County
- Thu, 16 Feb 2006 -- This morning I went back owling to the Glen Eden
Trailhead and was there from 06:00-06:47. It was much colder and quieter
than my previous visits. At 06:13 a LONG-EARED OWL flew into the top of
the exact same tree where I saw it on the 13th. I had the impression that
it came from the walnut orchard on the east side of the road. It sat there
without hooting for three minutes while I halved the distance and got good
binocular views. Then, as a car passed, it flew off into the dense trees to
the west. A few minutes later a Great Horned Owl flew into the large oaks
by the picnic tables. Then it flew off to the west in much the same
direction as the Long-eared. and pair began hooting in this same area.
This close proximity to Great Horned has to be dangerous, and I did not try
to provoke any owls into calling. Two N. Pygmy-Owls and three Great Horned
Owls were calling spontaneously until 06:35.
Since this owl is a repeater, I would point out that the tree in
question is a leafless oak on the west side of the road 75 paces north of
the parking lot entrance and next to milemarker 8.09. Viewed from the
parking lot, the tree breaks above the skyline. If you go further north
near the house on the west side of the road, the barking dogs are
After sunrise I found four COMMON MOORHENS in the small wetland
along Eickhoff Road. How can this species be so rare in Mendocino County
only a few miles away?
Potter Valley, MEN, CA