Owls nest in pike sign
By Peter Samuel
Great-horned owls nested behind a bridge-mounted sign on the Foothill Toll Road (CA-241) in Rancho Santa Margarita recently but Momma Owl found the traffic noise wearing and abandoned two chicks. One fell out of the nest onto the northbound lanes where it was rescued by toll road crews. They found the second chick in the nest, hungry and liable to repeat its siblings leap into the toll traffic. Raptor specialists looked after the two young birds for a couple of days then found a nest with similar age owlets in it, in nearby wild country. They were successfully added to the brood. Toll bridges in the New York area provide popular perches for falcons and other pigeon predators.