[Tweeters] Barred Owls in Woodland Park

J. Acker owler at sounddsl.com
Wed Jun 25 19:03:44 PDT 2008

Nice photos!
This is an adult Barred Owl. Young are out now, and easily detected by their
food begging hiss call. Young will have "peach fuzz" on their head, and
their tails will be tipped in white and pointed, rather than mottled and
rounded as in an adult.

I am starting to do my annual census on Bainbridge Island, and finding that
75% of my nests are producing triplets this year.

J. Acker
Bainbridge Island, WA
Owler at sounddsl.com

A voice unspoken (or unwritten) is a voice unheard.
Be heard!

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Melissa
'Liss' Cain
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 2:35 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Barred Owls in Woodland Park

Zuckerbond wrote:

> Wednesday just before noon I was with my mom in Woodland Park, near the

> Zoo in Seattle, and we watched a beautiful pair of Barred Owls for 20

> minutes. We were about 200 yards south and a little east of the dog

> park. She had seen one of them earlier in the morning on a run, and when

> I heard that, I decided I needed to see them. When we got there, we

> could see one sitting in a tree eating a baby opossum. Then once we had

> scanned around some more, we found the mate sitting 2 branches above. A

> few minutes later the higher one dove down, grabbed the possum and flew

> a few trees away to eat it. Then they kept sharing the possum by flying

> from tree to tree and limb to limb, either giving the possum to the

> other one, or stealing it from each other. Also a really neat thing the

> owls would do is find a mossy spot on a tree limb, and rub their face

> along it, as if they were wiping off the dead possum goo!

I also saw a Barred Owl in the same general area at Woodland Park on
Saturday and took a few pictures.


Melissa Cain
Seattle, WA

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