[EBB Sightings] Dublin weekend - burrowing owls, scrub jay, killdeer

[EBB Sightings] Dublin weekend - burrowing owls, scrub jay, killdeer

Brian Zeiler
Sun Apr 10 22:36:00 PDT 2005
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    Greetings,
    
    Did a bit of birding around Dublin.  The BURROWING
    OWLS are all over the place, especially in that Sybase
    field on the western fence.  I also saw them in the
    fields of Eastern Dublin which have been mentioned
    before on this list.  It's unfortunate that so much
    development is planned for those fields.  I hope they
    aren't planning to take action during the nesting
    season at least.  Anyway, I saw them all along Dublin
    Blvd east of Tassajara - at the NE corner and then in
    the southern field a block east of Tassajara.  The
    Sybase owls seem to be the most regularly visible
    though.  Here are two photos of them that I took:
    
    http://www.pbase.com/zeiler/image/41917380
    http://www.pbase.com/zeiler/image/41917381
    
    I also spent time in the fields on the northern side
    of Central Parkway, just west of that little park at
    the corner of Tassajara & Central Pkwy.  I saw a
    WESTERN SCRUB JAY fiddling around with nesting
    material at the top of the large tree closest to the
    road near the creek.  I didn't see a nest or hear a
    mate but I didn't look very hard since I didn't want
    to bother him/them.
    
    http://www.pbase.com/zeiler/image/41917460
    http://www.pbase.com/zeiler/image/41917501
    
    Most interestingly (to me anyway) was a pair of
    KILLDEER hanging around the standing water in the tire
    marks in the gravel part of that lot.  I observed them
    mating at one point.  At sunset they flew north over
    the treeline at the park so they probably nest up
    there; they probably stopped in that field for a quick
    bath.  Anyway, I didn't have much luck with the
    photos, but here's one of the better (relatively)
    ones:
    
    http://www.pbase.com/image/41917533
    
    Brian
    
    
    		
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