Short Eared Owl & Lots of Elegant Terns at Bolsa Chica

Terry Hill

I just got a call this evening from Peter Knapp, Fish & Wildlife Volunteer at Bolsa Chica, who advised me that at least 1,000 Elegant Terns (with 6-7 Royal Terns) were there about 2:30 this afternoon (March 15).   They were on the exposed mudflats in the full tidal basin just beyond the PCH walk bridge.  He said they weren’t around in the morning, so they’ve just arrived.  In addition, yesterday (March 14), about 11:00 a.m., he accidentally flushed a Short-eared Owl in the tall clover mid-way along Nest Site 1, which runs southeast behind the fence at the end of the boardwalk.  The owl flew out, then did come back and land again.  But he said it can’t be seen when in it's in the vegetation, so unless you see it flying, it’s not likely to be seen from the public area.
Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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