Re: [wsbn] Delta County burrowing owl
- Bill and I looked for the burrowing owl Friday evening, with no luck.
But we did see an unusual mockingbird. It was very thin, and was the
only gray on it was it's head. The white markings were all correct, but
it was dark all over with a gray head. It kept flying to the ground and
jerking it's wings up over it's back to scare insects out of hiding, as
shown in the Sibley field guide. It was enjoyable watching, as we had
never gotten to see this behaviour before.
We led a field trip for Black Canyon Audubon yesterday up Kebler pass,
and some highlights were seeing a young peregrine falcon by Marcellina
Mt; fox sparrows, willow flycatchers and purple martins.
On the home front, we still have not seen a rufous hummer at our house,
although we have tons of black-chins and Bill has to fill all four
feeders every day. The most excitement around here was about two weeks
ago, when in the space of one week we had a mature bobcat, young bobcat,
and a badger on our front porch. The front of our house is all glass,
and these creatures were only about 10' away from the house. What next,
we wonder? Hey, we don't have a large variety of birds here in the
'dobes, but it is always interesting...
Andrea Robinsong wrote:
> At about 6:45 this a.m. I had an encounter of the almost too close kind
> as a burrowing owl came really close to colliding with my car.
> At 11:45 I returned to the location and although there was not an owl in
> sight at midday, I did find several likely looking burrows. This site
> has historically been home to nesting BUOW but I have not found any
> since Dave Galinat reported finding a dead one on Hwy 92 three years ago
> in August.
> Hwy 92 to Redlands Mesa turnoff in the 'dobies between Delta and
> Hotchkiss. This is locally known as Paynes Siding. Turn n. on Redlands
> Mesa Rd and start looking near the road on the west side approx. .3 mile
> from the intersection.
> andrea robinsong