I saw this Pueo soaring overhead while doing our feral pig scouting in Kapunakea. It made this odd twitching motion every so often, almost as if it was shaking something off of it while it flew. It almost seemed like it would break into a dive to snatch a prey item, but instead it just did this strange twitch and continued flying.
mapped to utility pole
San Diego County, California, US
Asio flammeus galapagoensia
This is the endemic Galapagos subspecies
AKA Tower Island
23 August 2010
25 November 1979
In 1979 the Pflugerville area was all extensive grasslands, now it is all neighborhoods. This used to be a favorite place to look for Short-eared Owls like this one...Alas, no more.
Flying over field, and sitting on fense post along road.
~4 in the evening.
The Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) is a species of typical owl (family Strigidae). Owls belonging to genus Asio are known as the eared owls, as they have tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. These "ear" tufts may or may not be visible. Asio flammeus will display its tufts when in a defensive pose. However, its very short tufts are usually not visible. The Short-eared Owl is found in open country and grasslands. The word flammeus is...