Is that the nesting box that the swallows used last summer? By the parking
On May 22, 2016 4:06 PM, "Tyler Pockette" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Ken, and others,
> Perhaps others who visit this site can provide further details about next
> box height, orientation, etc, but what struck me as very odd was the lack
> of conifers anywhere to be seen in the general area. In fact, there are
> almost no large or dense trees in the area for which to conceal the adult
> birds. Also surprising about this nest is that it is so close to the road
> and is literally directly above the parking space of a very popular birding
> hot spot. The nest box itself faces the road and is probably only about
> 10-15 feet from the road. No doubt that if these birds have been nesting in
> here for the entirety of nesting season, they are already quite accustomed
> to human presence. At this particular location, there would be absolutely
> no reason for anyone, including photographers, to leave the road to
> approach any closer.
> I've just put a photo of the bird and the box that it's in on my flickr, if
> anyone would like to check it out.
> On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 3:28 PM, G M ARCHAMBAULT <[log in to unmask]>
> > Since word is out, out-of-staters who won't be visiting this site might
> > appreciate a habitat description of the nest box location. I would enjoy
> > knowing more about the setting of the nest box -- wooded or open, etc.
> > Height of the nest box off the ground, direction the entry faces, shaded
> > in the sun, etc. All this intelligence helps us to expand our knowledge
> > this species, and helps people place nest boxes to attract owls. Thanks.
> > Also, generally the adult will position its day roost within line of
> > of the nest, so parents might be visible with some scanning of nearby
> > or tall vegetation (usually an obstructed view). I've seen Saw-whet
> > in a Wood Duck box in Moraga, CA at the back edge of a meadow, with
> > conifers/hardwoods not far away. At that site, I noticed trampled grass,
> > indicating photographers had approached the nest box very closely instead
> > of remaining on the trail where sufficiently fine photos were obtainable.
> > Getting too close might accustom young owls to humans, which they should
> > instead be wary of generally. Toward dusk, best keep generous distance
> > case a feeding occurs early. I'd be interested to know how close the
> > is to moving cars and other activity as well -- just in case anyone else
> > posts about this sighting. Best, -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama
> > On Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:50 AM, Tyler Pockette <
> > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > There is a fledgling Northern Saw-whet Owl peeking its head out of the
> > nesting box above the parking space at the West Rutland Marsh boardwalk.
> > Normally I wouldn't post the location of a potentially nesting owl, but
> > given the location is at a popular birding destination, I think it's
> > to say he'd be spotted eventually if he isn't already known about. Please
> > be respectful of this bird.
> > -Tyler Pockette