Short-eared Owl in Lake Co.
- Tue, 28 Feb 2006 -- This evening I saw a SHORT-EARED OWL in Lake County
along Reclamation Road at 6:30-6:33 PM. Dave Woodward had flushed one
earlier in the day while working on private property nearby. I arrived at
5:00 PM and cruised the roads as it grew darker. At sunset I pulled to the
side of Reclamation Road about 100 y before the gates and stop sign at the
south end, got out, and watched the fields. The owl appeared flying low
over the nearest field. It was close enough to rule out Barn Owl through
binoculars. I followed it until I lost track of it in the dark in the
vicinity of the blue tractor. It was drizzling lightly at the time. In the
chronology of the evening, this was just after the night herons quit going
over, and just when the snipe started calling. It had just become too dark
to read my watch without a light.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA