1385RW Blackbirds and Gt. Horned Owls at Clark Park
- Sep 3, 2004At Clark Regional Park, Thursday, Sept. 2, about 6:00 PM, we
watched a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds harvesting the
pinenuts of a small pine tree. It seemed out of character
for them to be swarming all over a pine tree. Rushes and
brushes is where we usually find them, not pine trees! But,
there they were.
The Northern Mockingbirds were casually harassing the
blackbirds from time to time. I don't think I've ever seen
so many Mockingbirds at once before. The Cassin's Kingbirds
joined the fray from time to time although they didn't
really seem to care how effective their efforts were. They
were too busy relating to each other.
Found the two remaining Great Horned Owls without any
trouble. They were in the high Aleppo Pines along the golf
course near the park's dumpster at the base of Camel Hill.
The smallest one is still doing the "feed me" call at
sundown, aiming the call to its sibling. They are eating
well enough, judging by the contents of their castings. One
casting had an almost intact rodent skull in it along with
lots of little bones and fur. Fascinating!
Earlier, in our backyard, about 4:30 PM, while watering the
bottlebrush, I realized that a Pacific-slope Flycatcher was
enjoying a bath in the spray. Of course, I had to oblige it
by keeping the spray directed above it for as long as it
wanted. What fun!
Good birding in Orange County,
Fullerton, North OC
(packing on hold, house in escrow, condo in AZ has been
secured to serve as base of operations while we look around