Saturday, February 07, 2009

Pygmy-Owl on Marys Peak

I discovered that the foggy/cloudy conditions in the valley today extended upwards only about 2,500 feet. Above that level (where I was, on Mary's Peak in Benton County) you could see the ocean to the west and the Cascade peaks to the east. But the beautiful weather did not produce many birds up there. Chestnut-backed Chickadees got agitated when I started imitating the call of a Pygmy-Owl, and then the "real deal" showed up, too. There were also Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Hairy Woodpecker, but otherwise it was very quiet.


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