Date: 11/24/17 6:31 pm From: Bill & Condit <blotz...> Subject: [GABO-L] Burrowing Owl Today - Miller Co.
Today around two-thirty Pierre Howard, Dan Vickers & I ran into Wayne Schaffner and Kathy Miller, who showed us a Burrowing Owl that a land owner had recently told Wayne about. This bird is roosting in an armadillo burrow on Three Notch Rd. exactly 0.37 mile south of the intersection with Grimsley Bridge Rd. The property owner, Mr. David Bean, reported seeing a BUOW at this same location almost exactly one year ago. He was able to get diagnostic photos of the bird at that time but the bird did not stay around long enough for others to see it. Wayne submitted a report to the Georgia Checklist Committee on the owners behalf last year. Wayne has gotten to know Mr. Bean because Wayne found a Say's Phoebe at the intersection of Three Notch and Grimsley Bridge Rd. last year. Wayne asked Mr. Bean to let him know if the owl returned this winter and received a call from him about 10 days ago. Wayne was able to get down and observe and photograph the bird at dusk perched on a fence post near the roosting site.
Mr. Bean is very concerned that this bird should not be disturbed in any way and has agreed for us to disclose the location with the provision that the following rules be followed:
He has placed a pink flag 0.1 mile north of the roosting site and another 0.1 mile south of the site. Please do NOT get out of your vehicle and walk around between the two pink flags.
If you drive slowly along Three Notch Rd. and look to your left as you head south from Grimsley Bridge Rd. you will see the armadillo burrow on your left. We were able to see the owl both down in the burrow and just outside the burrow this afternoon. It is no more than 20 feet from the roadway and is under a barbed-wire fence.
If you do not see the bird you should plan to stay until dusk and try to scope the bird from a pull-off south of the burrow and just north of the pink flag that is on the fence on your right. Wayne texted us that he observed the BUOW leave the burrow and perch on a fence post next to the burrow at 6:09 this evening.
If you arrive in the daytime you can look for one, possibly two, Say's Phoebes and a male Vermilion Flycatcher on Mr. Bean's property near the farm equipment at the corner of Grimsley Bridge and Three Notch Rds.
BTW, this is the 300th bird that Dan has photographed in Georgia this year. This is a remarkable achievement! Congrats to Dan.