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Spotted Owl

SpottedOwl

This morning, when there was not yet bright light in the sky, I was walking across the University of La Verne Campus. I saw a bird crouched behind the leopard statue beneath one of our giant oak trees in Sneaky Park. It flew up from the ground to one of the oak-tree branches. I was sure from the shape of its head that it was an owl, not a hawk, though I was surprised it was still abroad in the morning! I quietly walked under the oak-tree canopy and looked up, and the owl turned her head to look at me:  her eyes were so dark! The dark eyes, along with the large size of the bird, confirmed that I was looking at a Spotted Owl — a rare bird these days, but one that does live in oaks near the San Gabriel Mountains. After we had looked into each other’s eyes for a few moments, the owl swooped away across the street into the branches of another oak tree. I went to my class, where I was teaching (among other poems), Tennyson’s “The Eagle” — and I couldn’t help mentioning my first owl of the day!

  • The image I share here captures the pose of the bird I saw this morning, tho’ of course this one is in a pine tree.
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Sora

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Sora

On Saturday, I went walking in Bonelli Regional Park with my neighbor Michelle. When we were by the reeds along the edge of Puddingstone Reservoir, I spotted a lone Sora hunting in the waters — her white tail bobbing behind her! There were many other birds to see there, too, of course, including the ubiquitous red-winged blackbirds, American coots, white-crowned sparrows, purple finches, hummingbirds, Canadian geese, mallard ducks, black phoebes, and the always-beautiful Great White Egrets.

 

Green Heron

Photos by Alice Holthuis

 

More Birdwatching at Bonelli

Indian Runner Ducks

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Birdwatcher in Bonelli Regional Park

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Photo by Gemma de Luna

Muscovy Duck

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