Re: [BirdYak] screech-owl field trip a success!
- Glad everyone enjoyed the owl event. It was the most spectacular viewing
I've had all summer, esp with the other owl arriving.
As to the identity of the interloper: I used to work with spotted owls and
have seen barred owls in the woods flying between trees several times.
They were always really nervous. I also remember seeing the resident
barred owl (some really good looks) on Linden Way, about at 24th and
Summitview, a few years ago. I have never seen a long eared in town (but
Denny has). I figured the big owl based upon size was either: barn owl
(no-didn't fly right and wasn't light enough), great horned (didn't seem
big enough and was acting skittery - GHOs seem to be in charge), long eared
- possible but I would expect them later in the year during migration (?),
or barred owl - about the right size, acting properly according to my
search image, and I had seen one nearby. I would grant our esteemed Mr.
Grandstrand the possibility of it being long eared however. I believe it
was one or the other, and such debates are part of what make birding so
interesting. I must also admit to being afraid we would witness the murder
of our neighborhood screech owl, but, he was heard alive and well in
subsequent nights, which leads to.....
A Brief Sermon: The arrival of the other owl is a reminder that wild
animals live brutal, competitive lives. Loud territorial defenses can bring
in predators. As responsible birders, we should use recordings to modify
their behavior for our viewing pleasure at a minimum level, as Denny did a
good job of. We should go out and enjoy birds definitely, for if we see
them, and we care, they will have a chance to survive against our brutal,
competitive species. But we must do so responsibly and not unnecessarily
risk the lives of the birds we love.
Happy birding everyone. We'll do another screech owl viewing next year
(assuming they are there.)
> From: Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand@...>a Western Screech-Owl. Ken Bevis led us to the Doornick backyard where we
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> Subject: [BirdYak] screech-owl field trip a success!
> Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:52 PM
> Hi Yakkers,
> This evening 14 Yakkers met at 32nd Ave and Barge hoping to get a look at
could hear a screech-owl calling. Shortly after we got into positions in
the yard, a flock of Canada Geese flew over.
>large fir tree. I was able to get my spot light on it and it sat and
> I played a tape a few times and an adult Western Screech-Owl flew into a
called for quite a while as we got great looks at it. We ended up hearing
two screech-owls hooting. Ken also showed us to cavity in a birch tree
where the screech-owls nested. The cavity is in a spot where a limb was
cut off and the scar rotted out. The lesson is when you have a tree with
cavities, let it be. It is wildlife habitat.
>There was much discussion about the size of this owl. We decided it was
> There was big excitement when a large owl flew over the yard two times.
either a Long-eared or Barred Owl. After looking in the Sibley field
guide, I think it was a Long-eared Owl. Barred Owls are nearly as large as
a Great Horned. My feeling was it just wasn't that big. But since it
didn't stay around long enough for us to get the light on it, we will just
> It was a good evening.
> * Denny Granstrand *
> * Yakima, WA *
> * dgranstrand@... *
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