[Tweeters] another great birding trip with Khanh Tran: 5 owls,
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Mon Apr 4 07:25:12 PDT 2016
Jan and I traveled with Khanh Tran over the weekend to the Umatilla and La
Grande areas. He did his usual great job of leading and finding us birds.
On Saturday, we saw a pair of barn owls in a cliff opening ( and some others
in barns); a pair of great horned owls near their nest in the woods; an
almost invisible female long-eared owl on a nest, with her mate nearby (and
another pair); a pair of burrowing owls near their nest opening in an
agricultural field; and a female great gray owl on eggs in a nest box in the
Spring Creek corridor near La Grande, with her mate perched nearby. Sunday
morning we returned to the great gray owls: this time the male was hunting.
We saw him fly to his mate after hooting; she responded with other calls.
He dropped prey in the box and flew off to continue hunting; after several
minutes she grasped the prey, a pocket gopher, by the head and swallowed it
whole in about 10 gulps. We saw the male perched at times and flying at
times: a wonderful show.
In the area were 4 black-backed woodpecker pairs, allowing for great photos;
a pair of Williamson's sapsuckers; hairy and downy woodpeckers; a calling
pileated woodpecker, and flickers. The day before we got great looks at a
There were other good birds but these were the highlights. It was terrific
that Khanh had located these birds previously by scouting trips and then
could show them to us. You will greatly enjoy this experience; get in touch
with Khan -
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