Date: 1/12/18 11:24 am From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Re: ebird throws out the baby with the bath water...
Dave & All,
Great Gray Owl is not necessarily "very out of place" in this location. This is the second report in 4 years, as I noted in another message that passed this one in the wires.
The habitat in this neighborhood is very similar to a couple of locations in Douglas Co. and Lane Co. where this species has been found during nesting season (confirmed as nesting in the case of Lane Co.).
The phenomenon of GGOWs nesting in oak-madrone woodlands with mixed conifers at lower elevations west of the Pacific Crest was documented in northern California about a decade ago, and since then in several places in Oregon. I'm sure Harry Fuller will have more information on this topic.
I've suggested to local birders that this should be regarded as a potential nesting situation, and observations should be conveyed (discretely) to people who are involved in monitoring oak habitat restoration on the adjoining county property.
On Fri, 2018-01-12 at 19:08 +0000, David Irons wrote:
> Unless there is some other mystery bird in Corvallis, the bird in > question was a very out of place Great Gay Owl. I learned of it via > Facebook postings. > > > > Had the bird been a Pine Warbler I suspect its presence would have > been more widely broadcast. > > > > Dave Irons