Date: 4/9/17 10:56 am From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] July record of Burrowing Owl in Corvallis area in 1952
Hi again all,
In reading through the rather fun-to-read species accounts at the end of Richard Eddy's 1953 thesis, I happened across this item:
Speotyto cunicularia hypugaea (Bonaparte) The western burrowing owl, a curious long-legged little owl was seen once, on July 28 . It was observed in a hay field three miles southeast of Corvallis on the Peoria road, standing near a ground squirrel burrow which it soon disappeared into.
This was not at one of Eddy's survey sites, but it would have been on the way to/from his "brushy area" study site three miles farther southeast along the same road.
Eddy also recorded Short-eared Owls twice that summer, "in the early mornings of June 21 and July 12, flapping slowly over some wet meadows east of Corvallis."
He also notes that Nighthawks "were one of the commonest birds heard or seen in the evenings around Corvallis." Although their decline since the 1950s has sometimes been attributed to predation by crows on the exposed gravel rooftops where they nested, from Eddy's account seems that crows were also abundant around Corvallis at the time.