[Tweeters] Douglas Co. N. Hawk Owl

merdave at homenetnw.net merdave at homenetnw.net
Mon Mar 9 17:06:48 PDT 2009

Hi, Tweeters: I'm sure most of you already read the post about "our"
Hawk Owl being found dead, apparently the result of a car. As we watched
it hunt, flying low in a big U, on both sides of the road, and sometimes
across the road we thought of possible accidents. Of course we hoped that
wouldn't happen, and the bird would soon migrate. I had so much fun
watching it! Because I live so close I went to see it 34 times. I tried
to keep track of how many people saw the owl, many as a life bird. IF the
bird was the same one first seen along Hwy. 17, between mp139 and 140, and
then again between mp 127 and 128 I know of 141 people who saw it. It was
first seen on Jan. 13th, and was seen at that location for 3 days. Then
there were 5 days when it wasn't spotted. An owl was located at the
second location on Jan. 21st, and was seen there through Jan. 25th.
Finally it was found on Bridgeport Hill road (Road B) on Feb. 2nd and was
enjoyed through March 7th. What a treat it was. Can you imagine how many
photos were taken of it??? Usually it seems that a "rare" bird doesn't
stay around for very long, but this one was in the area for 42 days. So
nice that so many got to see it. Even though I don't know all your names,
I did meet many of you. May we meet again, enjoying another rarity.
Meredith Spencer, Bridgeport merdave at homenetnw.net

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