|Long-eared owl at Lake Arrowhead SP|
But I wanted to catch up with some good birding. As you know, I usually lead the bird walk at Lake Arrowhead State Park on the second Saturday of each month. February 11 was a very good day--I got a lifer! But not during the bird walk.
After the bird walk, several of us stuck around to work on the butterfly garden near the ranger station at the entrance to the part. We noticed some owl pellets under a live oak tree adjacent to the garden, but we didn't see an owl in the tree at that spot. A little later, Debra McKee found a long-eared owl on the other side of the tree. My photo is to the left. I took it with my cell phone, so it isn't the greatest, although it is clear enough to identify. This was a life bird for me, so I was excited. In fact, it was a life bird for most of us who saw it that day. It is continuing to draw many visitors to the park. As many as 5 owls have been seen at one time. If you decide to go to the park to look for it, please be quiet and as unobtrusive as possible to keep the birds from being stressed.
Like I said, overall, it was a very good day for the bird walk. Here are the other birds we saw the same day:
Great blue heron
Eurasian collared dove
The next bird walk is scheduled for March 11, at 8:00 AM.