Saw-Whet Owl from the San Bernardino Mountains, California
Saw-whet Owl from the San Bernardino Mountains, California
On May 10, 1919, I was fortunate enough to collect a juvenile female Saw-whet Owl (Cryptoglauz acadica acadiqa) at an altitude of 6950 feet, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino Mountains, California. This is the first recorded instance for this locality, I believe. To quote Mr. Swarth, to whom I sent the specimen for verification of identification: “The little owl you sent is the Acadian Owl, Cryptoglaux a. acadica. It is in the juvenile plumage and I should infer was hatched somewhere in the neighborhood of where it was killed. The species has not been recorded as breeding south of the central Sierra Nevada, so far as I know and your bird is well worth recording; it is an interesting take.” This bird is now no. 1830, collection W. M. P.
Wright M. Pierce
Claremont, California, October 18, 1919