The Burrowing Owl - New Directions
- Sat, 28 Nov 2009 -- The BURROWING OWL is still at Virgin Creek,
MacKerricher SP, Fort Bragg. This morning, the wind was gusting at
least 35 mph or more. I saw Dan Airola from Sacramento. He had
missed the owl yesterday afternoon, so we walked down to the Haul
Road and the small bridge over Virgin Creek to try again. Dan thought
it is more wind today than Friday.
The BUOW was standing in exactly the same spot where Jim and I saw
it on Wednesday. One can see the entire bird by standing just south of
the bridge. Look across to the east where there are quite a few large
logs on the north shore, below the large, new brown house. Look for
three large roots sticking up in the center of the logs. The owl stands
about 5 or 6 ft to the right toward the creek. (If you stand on the north
side, you can only see the head).
For clarification, there is only one Burrowing Owl at this location. I'm
sure that Toby, Jim, Dan and I all saw the same bird.
Park in the large parking area on Hwy 1, Fort Bragg, a little south of
Kemgas and Matson Building Materials. Walk out the obvious path
to the Haul Rd and go north to the small bridge. To repeat, the best
view is seen from above the south side of the bridge, and morning
is probably the best time.
Fort Bragg, CA
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