Date: 1/3/18 7:33 pm From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> Subject: [COBOL] Two Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaze Meadow - Deschutes County
While on a dog walk late yesterday afternoon, Jill and I heard what we thought was the distant call of two Northern Pygmy Owl, one on the north side near the edge of the meadow, the other on the south side but much farther back in the pines than the first.
We agreed that what we heard warranted a return trip. So today we went back dressed to sit and listen rather than walk - it was a good decision. We heard and observed two owls calling and briefly interact in flight once.
Birds of North America (online version) states the earliest breeding activity of the species was observed in Montana in February and lists April, May, and June as the most common breeding months.
This was a great sighting for us primarily because it was our first non-stakeout observation of the species. We love stake-outs, but there is something special about unexpectedly stumbling upon a good bird or two.