Sundown at Clark Reg. Pk, Fullerton
- Hello, OC Birders,
On the way home from dinner this evening (Thursday), we decided to visit
Clark Reg. Park to check on the resident Great Horned Owls. Without too
much effort we refound the one adult owl and two fledglings. A few weeks
ago we saw three owlets, but this evening we couldn't locate that third one.
One young owl was softly calling for dinner while not 8 ft away the
other one was heartily putting away big chunks of red meat which we
think was rabbit. Later on, the two young owls were moving around a bit
on their branches, while mama (not papa?) kept watch from another tree
not far away.
By the way, the park rangers and staff are VERY protective of "their"
owls, in as much as they can be. Mama owl does, after all, pick the
place to raise her young.
Sundown must be a magical time for Cal. Towhees in this park. They were
quite vocal, active, and numerous from about 7:00 to 7:30 PM...as were
the Lesser Goldfinches! And, in dramatic contrast to the soft evening
cooing of the doves was the unexpected and swift predatory flight of the
Cooper's Hawk. Sent a quick shiver of fear down my spine.
What a pleasant way to enjoy a summer sunset. Hope you all are having
good birding on these summer days and nights.
Fullerton, North Orange County