Date: 2/10/19 4:38 am From: Jeff Tufts <jctufts33...> Subject: [RV Birds] Burrowing Owl at Agate Lake is no. 161 for Jackson County this year
You've all heard the phrase "fair-weather birder," and you may know a few who fit the type. Jon Cox of Ashland is definitely not that type. He was at Agate Lake yesterday afternoon, in the snow, and discovered a Burrowing Owl (barely visible because of the snow) on rocks between the dam and the feeder canal that empties in the lake's northeast corner.
There was a Burrowing Owl in the oak grove on the east side of the lake last April. Could this be the same bird ? Possible I guess.
Burrowing Owl was a common breeding species in Jackson County in the 1920s and 1930, but various forms of human encroachment (construction mainly) has reduced this species to the status of uncommon visitor.
Jon's report brings our 2019 Jackson County list up to 161. Updated lists are attached.
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