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"Short-eared Owl, Mount Pleasant, Washington ... January 22, 24, 26, and 31, 2013"
The Trip:    Went 3 evenings at dusk to try and find the Short-eared Owl which had been being seen on Fitzgerald Road, between Clark and Skamania counties (first recorded in Skamania County) ... this location is the lower flanks of Mount Pleasant, a Boring Lava cone on the Washington side of the Columbia River ... tuesday had Gorge winds blowing through about 40mph, with the only birds seen being a wind-blown Northern Meadowlark and a few low-flying Song Sparrows ... thursday was setting sun with views of a hunting Red-tailed Hawk and a Northern Flicker ... and on saturday we finally had SUCCESS !!!!! ... the SHORT-EARED OWL !!!!! ... there was a break in the current rain front so we drove on up ... had not only views of the owl but also 2 Northern Harrier's hunting the field, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a young Bald Eagle in the area ... went again late afternoon on thursday, January 31 ... was too early for Short-eared Owls but had nice views of the Northern Harrier ... didn't stay late however for the Short-eared Owl(s) to wake up ...

Fitzgerald Road:    For more birds seen or photographed along Fitzgerald Road ... click here
Skamania County:    For more birds see or photographed in Skamania County ... click here.


Birds seen, heard, or photographed ... (in alphabetical order):
  1. Bald Eagle ...
  2. Northern Flicker ...
  3. Northern Harrier ...
  4. Red-tailed Hawk ...
  5.   Short-eared Owl ...
  6. Song Sparrow ...
  7. Western Meadowlark ...
  8. Western Scrub-Jay ...


 
Short-eared Owl ... MORE Short-eared Owl images

Image, 2013, Mount Pleasant, Washington, click to enlarge Image, 2013, Mount Pleasant, Washington, click to enlarge
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Short-eared Owl, Fitzgerald Road, Mount Pleasant, Washington. Image taken January 26, 2013. Canon EOS 60d, 200mm, ISO 1250, f2.8, 1/30th.



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