High Elevation Burrowing Owl
I decided to go owling on Palomar Mountain on a whim tonight. Visibility was quite awful in most places, and it was snowing off and on. Much to my surprise, the only owl I located was Burrowing Owl that was sitting in the middle of the road at the coordinates 33.2898, -116.8247. For those familiar, this is the larger meadow area of East Grade Rd. Checking online now that I'm home, this is at about 4,700ft in elevation. I can't imagine this bird wintered here, given how much snow Palomar has had this winter but I suppose the habitat is possibly sufficient. Anyway, thought some might find this record of interest. Pictures will be up on ebird tomorrow.
Valley Center, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports