Long-eared Owl, Midland County
GZiarno at aol.com
Thu Jun 29 22:33:52 EDT 2006
Tim and Cindy Ward and their son Casey had previously reported locally a
family of Long-eared Owls with newly fledged young in southern Midland County.
I went to try to find these owls today, 6/29. I and the three Wards searched
thoroughly this morning from about 9:15 AM to 10:30 AM with no success. I
returned and Tim Ward and I, utilizing taped calls of the bird, were able to
find the two adult birds and one juvenile that was approximately 3/4 grown at
approximately 5:00 PM. These were located in a stand of mature, planted Pine
trees on the Ward's property.
The young birds were first found by the Wards on approximately June 1, 2006.
At that time, they still had a lot of fluffy down and were only able to fly
very short distances. I believe this represents the first known nesting
record for Midland County and the first for the Saginaw Bay area in many years.
The Wards property is located near the intersection of 8 Mile and Redstone
Roads. Since this is private property, the Wards request that birders who
wish to see these birds make an appointment to insure someone will be there. To
do so and to get specific directions to their property, call them at (989)
Photos taken by the Wards of these owls during the past three weeks can be
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