Date: 9/28/19 7:08 pm From: Tom McNamara <tmcmac67...> Subject: [obol] Quiz bird movie answer
Thanks to all who sent their thoughts on the ID of the bird in the movie clip.
Preponderance of opinion seemed to go for Northern Pygmy Owl and, in truth, my very first snap call on seeing the bird was just that. And mind you the view/ perspective I and others who saw the bird had was exactly represented by the movie. It was a bit of a poser at first. Anyway, the bird is indeed a small owl but not a Northern Pygmy owl; it's a Western Screech Owl. Northern Pygmy Owl, regardless of age, would show conspicuous bands across the tail and would have a very short primary extension. This bird does not show very significant banding--- there are some barely discernible black lines on the tail reminiscent of the crossbarring on the under parts of a screech owl. It does, too, have a significant primary projection. All this is complicated by the posture of the bird on a branch, it's really leaning forward and makes assessing the characters more difficult. So there you go. Good birding, Tom