Short -Eared Owl
- Hi All: On Tuesday, Feb. 18th, I was out at Lake Mendocino to ck.
out the scaups and the mergansers at the south end. A
short-eared owl flew out of the rocks on the east side of the dam,
went about 60 yards north, and landed back in the rocks. The
time was about 5:45 pm (this was why I never made it to the
mtg). It was very distinctive in shape, size, and flight. Bob Keiffer
asked me if it flew like a moth. The answer is yes. But, what it
really made me think of was how a northern harrier would fly if it
was drunk. I know that this is unexpected terrain. It seems like
it should have been on the western slope where the grass is. I
surmise that it was catching some sort of small rodents. I have
been out four more times since, looking for it again with no luck.
It could have just been passing through.
Last night at L. Mendo, there were eleven great blue herons on
the island. Vishnu had told me he spotted eight a couple of days
before. They are still there.
BTW - I have two breedin pairs of w b nuthatches at my house
now. One on the east side and one of the west side, both using
boxes in large oaks.