Bird happenings at home - 3/23/2021

I've lived in this place in Campbell CA for around 6 years now, and this is the first year I've seen, really mostly heard, such a large flock of birds hanging out, and they've been here for several weeks now. My guess is that it's a mix of American goldfinches, House finches and Pine siskins, plus possibly others. They are very garrulous for a long time in the mornings especially, filling one or more of the large live Oaks in the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the Western Screech Owl couple is back in the neighborhood and in our owl box, I saw them mating several times, so maybe this year they'll create offspring (which they don't seem to have last year). Their ritual has been like this:

  • After sunset, Lady Owl looks out of the nest box for around 10 minutes.
  • She then leaves, sometimes hanging out on the perch outside of the box, sometimes going elsewhere not too far away, looks around, fluffs and has a good wing stretch for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Around this time, Mr. Owl can be heard, and the two of them have a chat.
  • Lady and Mr. Owl get together for a spell, often out of sight, occasionally in a different tree in the yard.
  • They fly off individually.

By then it's dark and I generally go inside. I have heard them occasionally in the middle of the night. Hoping for owlets!

Posted by newtpatrol newtpatrol, March 24, 2021 00:53

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Great journal post! And I had to look up 'garrulous' too. :) Word of the day!

Posted by sambiology about 2 months ago (Flag)

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