[Tweeters] saw whets & vultures: NE Olympics

fsharpe alaskawhalefoundation.org fsharpe at alaskawhalefoundation.org
Mon Mar 8 16:46:48 PST 2021

I’ve been missing the company of small, nocturnal predators since barred owls colonized the hood. Thus, I was pleased to detect a saw whet owl calling in the big timbers along Ludlow Road (south shore of Port Ludlow, 5 March). Another saw whet serenaded the night in Ennis Creek Canyon east of Port Angeles (8 March). Along the rim of Ennis Canyon, 22 turkey vultures roosted in the firs above my R/V. Lots flapping in the dawn’s early light, before gracefully taking flight…yikes! time to tidy my ride… We found a vulture nest two years ago in the rim rock above Dungeness River Canyon (1,500’ elv). A single egg in a shallow basalt cave, nestled among dry chaparral of manzanita, juniper & madrona.

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