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Northern Pygmy-Owl at the Tilden


Chris Carmichael
 

This morning I found a Northern Pygmy-Owl in the Tilden Nature Area, in a tree at the point where the two Packrat Trails take off just beyond the (empty) parking lot. Was alerted to the bird by the flock of small birds mobbing it. The owl was on a horizontal branch plucking feathers from a small bird it was holding. The rounded head and relatively long, banded tail were apparent. The mobbing birds included several hummingbirds, several Chestnut-backed Chickadees, a single Brown Creeper, several warblers and probably others. Eventually the bird flew off in the direction of Jewel Lake.