[Tweeters] Hawk Owl Horror?!?

Devon Comstock devonc78 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 18:23:28 PST 2016


It would be a violation of MBTA. Your best bet would be to report it to
WDFW or USFWS (FWS actually has legal authority over MBTA) as opposed to
the Sheriff. Unfortunately there's probably little chance of prosecution.

When homeowners express hostility toward birders, no matter how
wrong-headed, I always feel like my desire to see a bird should be trumped
by my desire for the bird not to become a victim of disgruntled
landowners. It really is a sad day for everyone if the hawk owl was
actually shot.

Devon Comstock
Wenatchee WA
On Jan 9, 2016 5:31 PM, "Philip Dickinson" <pdickins at gmail.com> wrote:


> Yes, it would violate the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

>

> Phil Dickinson

> Bothell

>

> Sent from my iPhone

>

> On Jan 9, 2016, at 5:19 PM, Tom Mansfield <birds at t-mansfield.com> wrote:

>

> Yikes. I got to Cassimir an hour or so ago near dusk and made one pass

> without slowing down or stopping. No hawk owl anywhere to be seen in the

> area but I did notice what I thought was a striped sock hanging from a

> limb. Now I'm sick. Although I'm overnighting in Brewster I'm not too

> keen on trying for a photo in the morning. Isn't that a federal offense?

> Maybe just call Douglas Sheriff?

>

> Tom Mansfield in Brewster

>

> Sent from my iPhone

>

> On Jan 9, 2016, at 3:56 PM, Jon Houghton <jon.houghton at hartcrowser.com>

> wrote:

>

> Hi Tweets - not to ruin your day but, the following post just came up on

> ebird’s rare bird alerts wire:

>

>

>

> “Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) (1)

>

> - Reported Jan 09, 2016 12:30 by Sandy Schreven

>

> - Cassimer Bar Wildlife Area, Okanogan, Washington

>

> - Map:

> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=48.0936744,-119.7121811&ll=48.0936744,-119.7121811

>

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26801658

>

> - Comments: "Spotted the NHOW soon after arriving. Home owner had posted

> a sign stating no photographs so out of respect for that we went up the

> road a bit. As we were ready to leave a truck pulled up to the driveway and

> the man inside appeared to write down our license plate as we drove past.

> We left the area to bird Cassimer Bar waterfront for about an hour. Before

> leaving for home we drove through the area to see if the owl had moved so

> that a photo could be taken. What we saw instead was what appeared to be

> the owl hanging by one foot, upside down dead from the tree. We remembered

> hearing a gunshot a short while earlier. No pictures taken we felt it

> best to leave the area. Feeling sick!"

>

>

>

> I’m betting we’re all are. If this is true, I hope someone can get a

> picture of the carcass (without becoming one yourself). This guy should be

> prosecuted within the full extent! Maybe with Sandy’s observations would be

> enough to convict if the bird is indeed hanging from a tree on the property

> and was live one gunshot earlier. This guy should be prosecuted within the

> full extent!

>

>

>

> Jon Houghton, Edmonds

>

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