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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Young Fluffy





This little fellow, a fledging Western Screech Owl showed up this afternoon out of nowhere.

It was on our neighbor Dave's driveway, and the AT&T man (who was repairing a squirrel-chewed telephone line) put the owlet on a limb and out of harms way.

Neighbor Dave told neighbor Richard, who told me, and I grabbed my camera and snapped these photos.

Seeing a live owl or a young fluffy like this always makes my day.



8 comments:

joellenarnold said...

You lucky dog!!!!

Sean P said...

Great shot! What a pleasent opportunity to share. How did things work out for you guys on Sunday at the pre-camera trap course set-up.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Sean, we finished setting nearly a dozen cameras on Sunday, and the drift fence cams worked out well, despite our doubts. But of course we'll have to wait to see what happens there.

Jace Stansbury said...

Nice photos Codger!

Duncan said...

Nice shot, cool looking owl

Woody Meristem said...

Nice photos -- don't see many young ones just out of the nest cavity.

Owlman said...

Chris how fortunate you are to get that opportunity!
There may be a nest nearby?
How long did the Owl hang around?

Anonymous said...

Good timing Chris and what a fine opportunity!
Did you find the nest?
Terry Owlman Schulz