[Tweeters] Barn Owl in Volunteer Park & other owls

RUPERT GROVE rupertgrove at msn.com
Tue Jan 13 08:30:43 PST 2009


I too am cursed with poor owl luck (and this despite having nurtured an injured barn owl with my father for a week while its wing healed, when I lived in the UK. My life list owl wise amounts too only barred, barn and great horned.

Owls are tricky. I suspect I would have to up ante birding wise to do better with owls. i.e. get up even earlier before dawn, improve my night vision, go further afield, more highly attune my eyesight for large, cryptic anomalies in the trees etc.

Rupert Grove
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 06:05:53 -0800
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
From: mattxyz at earthlink.net
Subject: Fwd: [Tweeters] Barn Owl in Volunteer Park & other owls

Fwd: [Tweeters] Barn Owl in Volunteer Park &
other owls
Tweeters -
Speaking of owls ....

Like Alan, I generally look for owls often and see them rarely.
With the exception of the Marymoor Park Barn Owls, I just don't seem
to come across many owls. Which made this past weekend a bit

Saturday, in Kent [King Co], I came across a roosting Long-eared
Owl on the north edge of the Kent Ponds [Green River NRA] -- just
westnorthwest of the animal shelter.

Then, Sunday, I found a N.Saw-whet Owl in Disovery Park, along
the Wolf trail off the North Parking Lot.

I'm sure my owling karma will re-set to normal soon, but at least
one person has suggested I go looking for Boreal Owl

Good owling,

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

From: "alan roedell"
<roedell at speakeasy.net>

To: <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:30:57


Wendy and I
visited Volunteer Park late Sunday afternoon and happily ran into
Kevin Purcell who pointed out the glorious bird roosting in a fir
tree. We, along with others, observed the bird for about 70
minutes while it slept, flew to a bare branch in a maple tree, and
silently flew off to the west. Sightings this easily
accomplished are rare, in my experience. Owling usually consists
of wandering around in the dark imitating an owl's call for hours
until you're so cold or sleepy you give up and vow to not try it
again; and you don't for a while, but the magic of owls draws you
out again and again. Success guarantees that you'll become
hooked for life. I believe there are eleven possible species in
Washington; wouldn't it be cool to see them all in one

Many thanks
to Kevin, who is originally from Liverpool, and very

birding, Alan Roedell, Seattle roedell at speakeasy.net


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