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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Long-eared Owl found!

One advantage for Antelope Valley area birding against LA basin and Orange area; no traffic lol.

So, decided to find those Thrashers and LEOW.

And you know what, I once again barked at the wrong tree lol. Had to turn right at the junction of Ave. D and 60th street, yet completely forgot about it and just birded right there, not at Ave. B -_-

Hence? No Thrashers. Actually another 3 veteran birders were at Ave. B at the same time lol, and I see that they reported both Thrashers lol.

Just Western Meadowlarks and Savannah's, Bell's(well at least that's something) and White-crowned Sparrows.

Apollo Park birding was better!  Was tired so just wanted to spot that one species, LOEW.  And I did it fairly quickly!!

Ebird reports said Eastern part; yet I didn't even have to go that far. At the SE corner of the park, there was a dense evergreen tree. I knew what trees to look for, so that definitely helped(DENSE ones; because we found Barn Owl and Great-horned Owl at those dense evergreen trees last month at the same venue); there were even some bird droppings, so was hopeful.  Peered up;

There was a dark slim shape of a bird, and long ear-tuffs; voila!!  Then, instantly, the bird flew away lol. Make it 2 actually, and a raven as well lol.  That raven was braying raucously(another good sign that Owl is nearby; raven and crows, or any kind of birds, will mob predators like Hawks and Owls), yet no 'comrade' showed up to help mob the Owl haha.

Both birds flew to the opposite direction, so decided to 'tackle' the one that flew to the tree at the shore. Didn't even have to go far; there it was, in plain view, half-hidden in the branches. Had perfect view via my bino.

But alas; when I fumbled to zoom my camera lol, it again flew away!!! Egad...why so timid? 
Funny Barn Owl and GHOW just stayed there, allowing us to take pics at our heart's content last month. That tiny Western Screech-Owl at night(did I mention I went Owling late last year at San Gabriel Mt.? Another Pasadena Audubon treat!) didn't move an inch when we excitingly took pic of it right in front of it; the whole time, it just sat there!

And this bigger LEOW is so shy, ugh.  Funny because another bird I spotted hidden in an evergreen tree, also a smaller Black-crowned Night-heron, also just sat there, 'allowing' me to take pics lol.





Anyway didn't want to harass it any further, so just left it at that. I might come again, to spot those Thrashers of course, Sage and Le Conte's.  But here's LEOW pic by Mark Scheel; don't get startled! Well the bird itself has a startled expression lol.

Apollo Park, Los Angeles County, California, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:24 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
3 hour(s), 16 minute(s)
Distance:
2.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Janet Scheel List , Mark Scheel
Species
36 species (+3 other taxa) total
4
Swan Goose (Domestic type)
1
Greater White-fronted Goose
60
Graylag Goose (Domestic type)
1
Snow Goose
2
Ross's Goose
45
Canada Goose
5
Gadwall
40
Mallard
40
Mallard (Domestic type)
9
Northern Shoveler
14
Hooded Merganser
5
Ruddy Duck
1
Pied-billed Grebe
1
Western Grebe
5
Double-crested Cormorant
13
Black-crowned Night-Heron
1
Red-tailed Hawk
110
American Coot
1
Killdeer
13
Ring-billed Gull
11
California Gull
8
Eurasian Collared-Dove
2
Mourning Dove
1
Barn Owl
4
Long-eared Owl

Continuing. Possibly more than 4. Flushed easily. Slim owls with surprised expression, vertical black mark through eyes, long ear tufts. Photos.

© Mark Scheel
1
Northern Flicker
1
Black Phoebe
1
Say's Phoebe
3
Common Raven
1
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
Bewick's Wren
10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
25
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
3
White-crowned Sparrow
1
Bell's Sparrow
1
Spotted Towhee
15
Brewer's Blackbird
1
Great-tailed Grackle
0
House Finch
45
House Sparrow

Too scary? Haha, here's a cutey one; Ross's Goose! There's 2 of them at the park.

 Those two tiny geese are Ross's!

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