Sunday, January 6, 2013

Western Screech-Owl

Tonight as we were closing the gate here at Moorecroft Regional Park, a Western Screech Owl flew across the road directly in front of us. The bird was briefly illuminated by our headlamps, and it was clearly the typical rufous morph variety.

This is the first Western Screech-Owl we have detected in Moorecroft, and the first I have seen in Nanoose in many years. Once a common and widespread species on SE Vancouver Island, they have all but disappeared from lowland sites locally.

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