[Tweeters] Spotted Owl Question

vogelfreund at comcast.net vogelfreund at comcast.net
Tue Oct 5 02:35:30 PDT 2010


A little more about my meager Spotted Owl encounters. I recall reading years ago that McClure Canyon had a devastating forest fire since I was there. That thick underbrush is probably not there, as well as the pines. But Sheelite Canyon is also up there and has had Spotted Owl sightings since I was tthere.

I recommend reading, at a leisurely pace, the following old book: "Arizona and its Bird Life" by Herbert Brandt. He exxplored Rustler Park (8,350 feet elevation) back before it was turned into a public campground.

Phil Hotlen again

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From: vogelfreund at comcast.net
To: "Roger Moyer" <rogermoyer1 at hotmail.com>
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Sent: Monday, October 4, 2010 12:15:30 AM
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There was a staked out (I guess you could say) Spotted Owl in McClure Canyon when I was there (1970, etc). I didn't actually see it in thru the thick underbrush, but it answered my attemt to hoot. I don't know the elevation, but it must be around 5,000 feet or (probably) a bit higher. The flag pole on post is supposedly exactly at 5,000 feet. Separately, a vociferous male was sounding off near the Rustler Park campground in the Chirichauas. That is in the pine belt, although some oaks were also there, if I recall. It depends on the aspect or side of the mountain as to what the forest consists of. The cool NE slope has conifers extending lower than on the hot sunny side. I have some old National Forest maps that show Spotted Owl Habitat in the North Cascades (doesn't mean the owls are actually there). And the habitat shown is in high valleys and forested ridges.

Phil Hotlen
Bellingham, WA
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From: "Roger Moyer" <rogermoyer1 at hotmail.com>
To: "tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Sunday, October 3, 2010 8:11:08 AM
Subject: [Tweeters] Spotted Owl Question

A question for the Spotted Owl experts. For those of you who have made the pilgrimage to Ft. Hauchuca to see the Spotted Owl if you know the elevation of the area you know the canyon is around 5500 to 6000 ft. above sea level. Know in this is the Mexican Sub-species and knowing this is much further south than here how high and elevation do our spotted owls go?

Roger Moyer
Chehalis, WA
rogermoyer1 at hotmail.com


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