Northern Pygmy Owl show at Elden Spring

Tom Linda

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A group of us on a Jay's Bird Barn walk were treated to a wonderful spectacle at Elden Spring this morning.

We watched a Northern Pygmy Owl stalk a group of Bushtit for at least 10 minutes. It made subtle adjustments to get closer to them when it suddenly flew (compressed like an arrow) to a snag near us where it was almost instantly mobbed by a group of Bushtit, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend's Solitare, Pygmy Nuthatch and Dark-eyed Junco. The owl went into defensive postures for a short while but eventually ignored the mayhem around it. The arrival of 2 Woodhouse Scrub Jays proved too much for this pint-sized raptor and it flew away.
 

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