Owl in Fog 12/4/23

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Dec. 4 2023 10:03 a.m.

A Burrowing Owl visited our park in the dense fog this morning, and I had the great good luck to be there. After scanning the Burrowing Owl Sanctuary for owls without success, I had the camera set up looking at a Black Phoebe in the left corner of the area when a couple of park visitors walked by, pointing east. “First bird,” said one of them. “Owl.” And there it was, perched on the big flat rock in the middle of the area. Before I could swing the camera around and focus on it, it fluttered east and perched on a rock at the edge of the area. There it held its position long enough for me to get a bit over two minutes of video before it popped out of sight. Dense fog defeated my effort to view it in the rip-rap from my usual viewpoint in the Open Circle.

Whether this was a quickie visit or the start of a settled seasonal residence remains to be seen. If you spot the bird, and especially if you get a photo, please report it via text or phone at 510-717-2414 or email to info@chavezpark.org. Thank you.

How dense was the fog? Here’s the southeast park entrance at 9:40 a.m.:

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7 thoughts on “Owl in Fog 12/4/23

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  • This is the first one of the season, right? It’s quite amazing how it can turn its head all the way around, 180°!

  • Yeah…..good spotting

  • That’s a great sighting and a superb video. Thank you!

  • Congrats! This is terrific news. Fingers crossed….

  • How absolutely fabulous!!! Thrilling!!! I hope sticks around a while.

  • How cool! Great success!

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