When I was living in the Santa Cruz mountains I saw 5 owl species in the 13 years I was birding in the Monterey Bay area.  They were the Northern Pygmy (seen 3 times at my home), Great Horned, Short-eared, Barn (seen twice) and Burrowing Owls (seen 3 times).  Since we bought our new home off Mt Rose Hwy in Reno, NV last October 2015 I have seen 5 species.  The first was Pygmy Owl I saw along Whites Creek but didn't get a good photo.  The next was a Long-eared Owl and it was the guy below.  There were about 7 in the Deadcreek area of the Washoe Lake State Park.  This one flew over my head and I got lucky with the focus and was only able to get 2 shots off before he flew off.

Photo of the Week 34:  Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV) EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8   Taken: 2-15-2016 at 13:43 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1250s, f/5.6, ISO640, +1/3EV         Conditions: Sunny

Photo of the Week 34:  Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV)

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8   Taken: 2-15-2016 at 13:43

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1250s, f/5.6, ISO640, +1/3EV         Conditions: Sunny

A little while later on the same walk, Jeannine spotted this Western Screech Owl poking it's head out of a cavity.  At first I thought it had it's eyes closed until I looked a little closer.  He was keeping both eyes on me.

Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV) EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 2-15-2016 at 14:21 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/250s, f/4.0, ISO400, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV)

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 2-15-2016 at 14:21

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/250s, f/4.0, ISO400, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

The next was the Great Horned Owl.  This one didn't look too please with me interrupting his resting spot but he didn't move giving me a great photo interaction with this very large owl.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV) EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-12-2016 at 10:58 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/3.5, ISO320, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV)

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-12-2016 at 10:58

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/3.5, ISO320, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

In early May I again encountered a Long-eared Owl but this time I saw her on a nest and 8 days later I was pleasantly surprised to find 3 fledglings.

 Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV) EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-4-2016 at 11:09 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO320, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

 Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV)

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-4-2016 at 11:09

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO320, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

 Long-eared Owl, juvenile (Asio otus) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV) EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-12-2016 at 11:55 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/3.5, ISO320, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

 Long-eared Owl, juvenile (Asio otus) at Washoe SP, WAS (NV)

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-12-2016 at 11:55

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/3.5, ISO320, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

Another encounter with a Great Horned Owl was at Pyramid Lake, which is north of Reno NV.  I spooked her and I followed her to a near by perch and she was also very cooperative like the first GHOW I encountered.   I was then rewarded with a pair of fledglings perch behind the trunk of a tree to reduce the wind.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) at Pyramid Lake - Willows, WAS (NV) EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-19-2016 at 11:03 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/3.2, ISO100, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny and Windy

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) at Pyramid Lake - Willows, WAS (NV)

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-19-2016 at 11:03

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/3.2, ISO100, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny and Windy

Great Horned Owl, juvenile (Bubo virginianus) at Pyramid Lake - Willows, WAS (NV) EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-19-2016 at 11:13 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/3.2, ISO180, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny and Windy

Great Horned Owl, juvenile (Bubo virginianus) at Pyramid Lake - Willows, WAS (NV)

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 5-19-2016 at 11:13

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/640s, f/3.2, ISO180, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny and Windy

That same day I found a pair of Burrowing Owls off of Range Road on the way home.  They were about a 1/2 km off so the photos I got were good for documentation purposes and for my Flickr photostream.  So being in Nevada for 8 months I have seen the same number of species, although in Santa Cruz I have heard the Screech and Northern Saw-whet Owls, but I have seen more owls is such a short time in my new home county.  There are a few other species in the area so I will be looking for them.

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