Seen Today

(Burrowing Owl Update Below)

Mallard Pair

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

This healthy-looking Mallard pair rested on the rocks along the east side of the park. They were comfortable with my camera setup, but slipped into the water when a large dog sounded off nearby.

Great Blue

The Great Blue Heron that had a frustrating time trying to catch a gopher a few days ago — “Annoyed,” Feb 4 2023 — was back again. Pacing the meadow in the southeast corner of the park, not 20 feet from the perimeter path, it again stopped park visitors in their tracks and brought out cellphone cameras. The feathery wisp on the top of its head provoked viewer comment.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

In the short interval that I watched it, the bird stalked this way and that, without picking up the track of something it fancied for breakfast in the soil below. They have exquisite hearing and highly sensitive foot pads and can pick up the scurrying of little feet in the tunnels under the grass.

Burrowing Owl Update

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Feb 7 2023

The Burrowing Owl in the park sat in Perch B again this morning. More than a dozen park visitors had a chance to see it, or at least the top third of it. For a while we had a regular Owl Chat session on the perimeter path at the owl viewpoint. Because the video was recording the whole time, I had to edit the audio track to take out the human yakking. The owl meanwhile had a quiet session, looking left, right, and occasionally up in a relaxed manner, and taking time to do some daily preening.

Daily Planet Article!

Don’t fail to read the excellent article by Isabelle Gaston in the new Berkeley Daily Planet: “Berkeley’s Last Burrowing Owl Urgently Needs Protection with a Functional Fence.” Tells it like it is.

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  • Please can we stop calling that wire a “fence”?!?! It is not a fence! it is a wire. Let’s not cave to their delusion that it is a fence. It doesn’t keep anything in or out, which a real fence would do. And obviously provides NO protection for the owls.

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