Yesterday, July 9, after a PRBO bird-a-thon meeting (hope you are all
organizing your county teams now for this great fun fund raiser) in Petaluma
I headed north for the Long-eared Owls near Hopland. It was 112 in Hopland
when I arrived. Using the excellent directions provided by Bob Keiffer on
July 5 and nice details provided by Dave Quady on July 8 I easily found the
spot. At 9:01 PM the temperature was down to a "cooler" 93 and the first
call of a young Long-eared Owl came out of the canyon. It (and/or others)
were constant until 9:10. At 9:08 I heard a Screech Owl. It and at least 3
other Screech Owls were calling from both sides of the road until I left. At
9:12 a silent Barn Owl flew over the canyon and landed in a tree for nice
looks. At 9:15 I briefly saw a Long-eared Owl fly up the canyon. There were
occasional LE Owl begging calls down (west) the canyon until I left at 9:25.
Back in Hopland at 9:30 a cold snap had hit and it was 80.