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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wet & Thirsty Raptors

A number of raptors drink, bathe, and hunt in the same pools where the bears do their thing.

Not everyday, like Steller and scrub jays, but now and then.

I have a hunch that the birds seen here use several different pools on different creeks.

Screech owls were by far the most frequent users.

This video covers about 5 months of clips from several pools.


Joe said...

Great videos.

brdpics said...

Love it! You know I have a soft spot for birds, especially owls!

Chas Clifton said...

Yes, the owls! Loved it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Codge
YOu definitely got my attention with these excellent videos.
Excellent footage very interesting.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Thanks, you all. I wasn't sure about the id of the saw whet, but studied the photos and compared them with images in Peeters' book -- "Owls of California and the West". I've heard them calling here, so I am pretty sure about the id -- it ain't no screech owl, that I know.

randomtruth said...

Great stuff as always Codge. You're becoming quite the video master.

Eileen Loerch said...

I think the owl besides the screech owl is a flammulated owl. Look at a bird book and see what you think.

Camera Trap Codger said...

I really can't tell for sure, Eileen, but it's really a cool find if it's a flammulated owl. Thanks for your comment.