Date: 7/16/17 8:58 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] [Fwd: Black-crowned Night Heron outside Monmouth]
-------- Forwarded Message -------- From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Reply-to: <joel.geier...> To: MidValley Birds <birding...> Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron outside Monmouth Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:55:20 -0700
I spent 7 hours today doing a Band-tailed Pigeon count along Ash Creek near Monmouth, in Polk County. The most exciting thing was shortly before sunrise when a GREAT HORNED OWL glided down to grab a gopher-sized mammal out of a pasture.
The most surprising bird detection of the day was about an hour into the survey (so around 6:30 am), I heard several calls from a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.
A pair of adult CHIPPING SPARROWS provided incidental entertainment throughout the morning. It was especially fun to watch one fly up several times from the road to pursue a single flying insect. When it finally caught it, it flew straight off up the hill, where presumably it was feeding young in a nest.