This morning the Burrowing Owl I have been following since November 4 (“New Owl”) moved back to its original perch next to the dried California Poppy bush on the north side of the rocky embankment on the east shore of the Burrowing Owl Sanctuary. At this spot once again the bird cannot be seen from the paved walkway outside the “art” fence. I had to set up the camera in the Open Circle Viewpoint, about 110 yards from the owl.
In the video, the owl reacts to a pair of Black Oystercatchers making a noisy flight past the area plus a jetliner passing overhead. After these passed the bird settled down again.
Also from the viewpoint, I saw the first Bufflehead I’ve seen this winter season. Three males took turns preening and diving in the water not 30 yards from shore. Here is a snapshot:
With my camera back on the paved path, I again saw a beautiful Western Meadowlark atop a Coyote Bush in the Nature Area on the north side.
Just then some other birds landed on a bush closer to me. As I was moving the camera, two big dogs raced out of the Nature Area, dashed across the paved path, flew over the “art” fence and raced through the Burrowing Owl Sanctuary. Fortunately the owl was out of sight and the dogs did not go onto the rocks. They raced out of the owl area as fast as they entered. I was able to get the camera on them only on their way back into the Nature Area. Photos below. The Nature Area is supposed to be off limits year round to people and dogs, and is posted. I did not see an owner or owners anywhere on the scene. I did hear a man far in the distance apparently calling to a dog or dogs. So much for voice control. Does the dog owners’ group have any influence over this type of owner? It doesn’t look like it.