Finally a bird name that describes the bird to a “T”, that is until they molt and loose their cinnamon coloration.
The small, long-legged owl with white eyebrows and bright yellow eyes who lives in ground burrows is called Burrowing Owl.
Barn Owls are in a different family than the true owls with longer legs and serrated middle toes.
This introduced species is now found in most of the U.S. and Canada except in the southeastern states. In spring the red bare skin around the pheasants’ eyes becomes engorged and turns a brilliant red.
This species is a favorite of duck hunters and chefs and males weigh and average of 2.75 pounds. Chico birds are on their way north, a flock of about 30 at Upper Twin Pond.
Every spring and fall, Sandhill Cranes stop over on the Medano-Zapata Ranch during their annual migration.
Local birder Bill Maynard takes us through some highlights of birding at the Chico in 2016.