Regarding Great Horned Owls nesting in cavities in cliffs, I found a pair that raised young from a nest in a cliff cavity high above Desert Creek in southern Douglas County when I was working on the NV Breeding Bird Atlas some years ago.
Mary Jo Elpers
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From: Linda Hiller <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tue, May 8, 2012 11:33 am
Subject: new bird
Heard a bird that sounded like one of our ubiquitous Bewick's wrens on my
alk in the desert yesterday and didn't have my binoculars. I could see it,
here at the top of a bitterbrush (just like a Bewick's), and the song was
imilar, eye stripe was visible, yup Bewick's. Just in case I could enlarge
shot of the bird later, I aimed my point-and-shoot camera at it and got
ome pics. Black-throated Sparrow! Not a rare bird, I know, but one that is
nusual here in Jacks Valley, south of Carson City.
We are at the "becalmed" stage here right now . we have usual suspects but
ess of them as they're off nesting. The Bullock's orioles are in full
orce, battling each other at our popular Oriolefest grape jelly feeder
along with one black-headed grosbeak, robins, finches and starlings who
lso love the jelly). I've said it before and I'm saying it again, if you
on't feed grape jelly, you're missing out!
The cedar waxwings have left for the most part although yesterday they
ipped in and out. And thanks to everyone who looked at the fuzzy pic of the
ystery owl in a cliff hole. Interestingly, the consensus is great horned
wl! Of course, we can all id that bird in our sleep, but it's a fascinating
ase of not seeing a bird where you expect to see it. I have never seen
reat horns nesting like this, but Kathy O. said she saw it last year, and
ho knows, here in Carson Valley where we've lost many tall trees, maybe
his species is just adapting!
Good birding, all . Linda Hiller
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