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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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