Re: [Saskbirds] Burrowing Owl
- What a wonderful opportunity to help out an endangered species. Only
landowners can do it.
See what Operation Burrowing Owl advises 1-800-667-HOOT. (Probably leave
some land around the hole undisturbed and stay away from it.)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Val" <val_doyle_thomas@...>
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 8:26 PM
Subject: [Saskbirds] Burrowing Owl
> You'd never guess what's north of our place...well I guess you might.
> A Burrowing Owl is sitting on the mound of a badger hole on the
> quarter where Doyle is seeding. We rent our land out and only farm one
> quarter and have absolutely no pasture on our farmland so he's in the
> wide open spaces on a stubble field. Doyle came in to get something
> for repairs and asked if I'd like to see a Burrowing Owl. It isn't too
> far from the discer in the field and sure was giving a call and
> bobbing up and down when the compressor started up. The downfall, it's
> after 8:00 pm and hard to get a good photo but I tried.
> Val and Doyle Thomas - McTaggart
> Yahoo! Groups Links
- At 08:35 01/05/2007, you wrote:
>What a wonderful opportunity to help out an endangered species. OnlyOr go to the web site
>landowners can do it.
>See what Operation Burrowing Owl advises 1-800-667-HOOT. (Probably leave
>some land around the hole undisturbed and stay away from it.)
Lots of interesting information there.
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Life Member NMRA Member Scale 7 Group Gauge 0 Guild
- Fabulous sighting Val , and so great that you now have a pair .
Here's hoping they can stick around undisturbed to breed .
PS. Finally got my first Yellow-rumped Warbler this morning .
- Doyle is taking a good clearance around them. The two owls were on the
mound when I drove up this morning but one ducked down and just peeked
out of the hole while I viewed with binoculars. The tractor is very
close and they are so curious as to what's going on. We're really
pleased and hope they stay. I should clear up that this is a quarter
we have rented from our neighbours for years. Must tell them about it.
When the durum wheat grows, no one will know they are there.
Val and Doyle Thomas
--- In Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com, "nikovich71" <nikovich71@...> wrote:
> Fabulous sighting Val , and so great that you now have a pair .
> Here's hoping they can stick around undisturbed to breed .
> PS. Finally got my first Yellow-rumped Warbler this morning .
- We had a great presentation last night and the burrowing owl Jared
imprinted was a shining star along with the presenter. Having followed
the story of this little bird all summer, it was a pleasure to meet
it. Also great Kathy came again. We could hear flocks of snow geese
flying over last night. Hope the Short-eared Owl sticks around for our
CBC in Weyburn which is set for December 15th.
- There is a Burrowing Owl near Highway #4, south of Kyle, that apparently has its seasons confused.
As I understand it, Burrowing Owls arrive in the spring, select a burrow, and set up house.
This owl, appearing healthy, is guarding a not so big gopher hole (numerous splashes of excreta and several fresh pellets at the entrance) and giving territorial? calls.
Talk about trying to get a jump on the breeding season!
According to Frank's Birds of the Elbow, the latest record of a Burrowing Owl in the region previously was 15 October.
- We took a quick drive along the Yellow Grass N/S grid yesterday. We saw one Burrowing Owl still sticking around, about four Great-blue Herons on our way over there, several Red-tailed Hawks and small flocks of Lapland Longspurs. Noticed about 30 Western Meadowlarks along a road by Trossachs. Surprised at the number of Horned Larks north on our road where it is just a trail. Also along our road there are still quite a few Killdeer and about three Western Meadowlarks plus a Great-blue Heron at the bridge north of us. We have scads of Harris's Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos right now with the odd other kinds of sparrows tossed in the mixture. A Sharp-shinned Hawk enjoys viewing the pickings most days. Also enjoying a Red-breasted Nuthatch which isn't common at our place. A Yellow-shafted Flicker hit the window and remained shocked for a while but did a great recovery.
Val T - McTaggart