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Whooo is that in the trees?

Great Horned Owl (Photo by Mary K. Hanson, Tuleyome Association)

Great Horned Owl
(Photo by Mary K. Hanson, Tuleyome Association)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 7, 2014 —

by Mary K. Hanson
Tuleyome Association

I was walking with my dog through a stretch of riparian (river side) habitat in the region, and was suddenly attracted to the sound of a group of Acorn Woodpeckers, high up in the trees, having a squawking fit over something, so I went to see what the problem was.

At first, all I saw was the woodpeckers themselves.  They were in quite a tizzy, shouting their loud rasping calls as they jumped from branch to branch, flashing their wings.  I couldn’t see anything in the tree that might have been the cause of such a ruckus, however, so I looked around a bit more.  And then I spotted it.

In another tree just a few feet away was a huge Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus).

Basking in the early morning sun, he swiveled his large head around, looked at me with sleepy amber-gold eyes and then proceeded to completely ignore me.  I couldn’t ignore him, though.  In fact, I think I stood there for about 20 minutes or so just watching him and taking photographs.  Great Horned Owls are one of the most easily recognizable owls in the country, but I’d never seen one this close up before.  I was mesmerized.

Sometimes called “Cat Owls” because of their ear-like tufts, Great Horned Owls occupy a wide variety of habitats in California including riparian forests, cliff sides, deserts and even residential areas. And they’re not particular about where they nest either.  These owls may take over the treetop nests of other large birds, or move into an abandoned squirrel’s nest, occupy stumps, ledges, barns and “owl boxes” or other manmade structures.

Nesting season is generally between December and July – so we’re right in the middle of it, now.  Although they only use a nesting site once in a season and don’t return to it the next year, the owls are good tenants with both parents looking after their young nestlings and one another.  Female Great Horned Owls usually lay 2 or 3 eggs in a clutch and then both parents take turns incubating them, with the male leaving the nest only to hunt down food for his mate.

Great Horned Owls have a somewhat broad diet which can sometimes include other birds (which explains why the Acorn Woodpeckers were so upset that the owl was so nearby) and prey larger than themselves, but they most often stick to mice, rabbits, squirrels and other small mammals, including skunks. Like all owls, the Great Horned Owls tend to swallow their meals whole, and then regurgitate up the indigestible parts like bones and fur in “pellet” form.  (It’s not uncommon to find complete mouse skulls in these pellets.)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been able to spot several of these large handsome birds in the local area – including a female in her nest above an outcropping of mistletoe — so keep an eye out for them, especially if you’re walking just before dusk when they’re heading out to hunt or just after dawn when they’re heading back to their daytime resting sites.  And remember to take lots of photos!

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Standoff at Bryte Avenue apartment


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A north-city police standoff lasted several hours but ended peacefully Friday night.

The incident occurred at an apartment at 815 Bryte Avenue. Police responded when a woman called 911. A dispatcher noted that “banging and yelling” was heard in the background of the 911 call.

A pregnant woman at the scene told an officer that her live-in boyfriend had picked up something heavy inside the apartment, damaged some property, and told her “B—, now I’m going to have to kill you.”

A records check showed that suspect Adam Christopher Rudi, 31, was on searchable probation and was the subject of a restraining order. But “when officers tried to contact Rudi, he ran inside the apartment, barricaded the doors and windows with furniture, and refused to cooperate with lawful orders from officers for approximately four hours,” according to a police report.

The report also alleged:

“During this time, Rudi broke multiple windows, damaged walls and other property inside the residence. . . and threw several large heavy objects out of the windows in the direction of officers. Rudi also threatened to kill officers.”

Rudi was taken into custody without incident to conclude the standoff.

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‘Blues in the Black Box’ will benefit city preschool program


On May 17, “The Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters” are returning to the Black Box Theater for their second installment of ‘Blues in the Black Box,’ located at 1075 West Capitol Ave.

The concert is a fund raiser for the West Sacramento Learning Ladder, a preschool program that is located in the Community Center.

Support the preschool program by enjoying the blues in a local venue.

‘Broderick’ restaurant will be selling beer and wine before and during the show so guests are encouraged to arrive thirsty.

Doors open at 6:45pm, the show begins at 7:30pm and tickets are $25 and are sold at the door.

For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 916-617-5320.

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‘Capitol Bowl’ owner to be on TV program


KVIE public television is debuting a new series called “Yes, We’re Open,” intended to celebrate California entrepreneurs.

The first episode airs Monday, May 12, on Channel 6. Included are several business profiles — including one on Ross Amin and his “Capitol Bowl” alley at 900 West Capitol Avenue.

Also in the show are Dave Leatherby of the ice cream world and other California entrepreneurs.

Check TV listings for show details.


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