NFR Owls in the backyard; ID?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by circlespey, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Gene:

    That's a pretty cool site. It is worth visiting and listening to the various calls. Barreds are very vocal birds.
     
  2. Just look at all them tying feathers.
     
  3. Yes, Barred Owls, and, Yes, they have recently expanded their range into Western Washington and are showing up in more and more places, including urban settings.

    Nice photos!

    Dick
     
  4. Thanks for the help. Barred owl it is. We've found a few feathers so I'll let you know if tying works. And, we've found a couple of owl pellets that have included bones, fur, etc. just like they say. Very popular with my 5 and 8 year boys.
     
  5. Yup, Barred Owls. We've had pairs and their off spring here in our area for years. My wife takes tons of pictures of them and even won the WA State Fair photo contest grand prize in 2012 for one of her images. They have become quite use to our presence and last year one of the youngsters started following my wife around the property; flying from tree to tree to keep up with her while she watered. They take baths in our bird baths and then spread their wings out and sun on the gravel drive. They eat frogs in the pond, rabbits and moles... but not enough moles.
     
  6. Word of caution, possessing owl feathers is a Federal offense. Even if they were picked up off the ground.
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  7. Barred Owls are on the ESL? I didn't know that... not that I use owl feathers for anything anyway. ...normally I prefer Blue Heron ... just kidding NSA.... just kidding! Don't send a drone!!:eek:
     
    Old Man and underachiever like this.
  8. ANY raptor feather. They are not on the ESL, but they are protected by the migratory bird act.
     
  9. Ah... the MBA... I wasn't aware of that one.
     
  10. Fascinating, thanks. We have a bald eagle nest across the street and we pick up feathers all the time and look at them... These juvenile owls are dropping feathers on my deck and sport court as they mature, my kids like to pick them up and look at them. Sometimes our laws make sooo much sense.
     
  11. It's not just raptors, all passerines. I recall a story where the game guys in Montana stopped by a tyer's bench in a camground and looked through his materials.
     
  12. Not just raptors; basically any bird, with a few specified exceptions (including gamebirds and starlings as examples of exceptions). So, your grouse and duck feathers are fine, but even crow feathers are illegal to possess. Not that I think anyone would raise much of a stink about the latter. I pick up the occasional feather to stick in my hatband, too, but it is probably worth being aware of this vis a vis posting on a public forum.
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  13. All you feather criminals wave to the NSA :)
     
  14. I wonder then why the FWS has a current plan to reduce their numbers because they are competing with their closely related cousins the Northern Spotted Owl.
    http://www.fws.gov/pacific/news/news.cfm?id=2144375288

    My wife says if they come near our place their will be another species added to the ESL.
     
  15. because it used to be a big problem, in the DDT age. raptors dying left and right.

    Barred owls, also, can be easily mistaken for spotted owls. As soon as a ban lifts, all the loggers in forks will be "culling" spotted owls by mistake. Thats a whole other issue.
     
  16. Had one visit me while cleaning up the girls kayaks from their day adventures. He watched me work a while as he was monitoring a couple of chattering small red squirrels. Hope he ate well and comes for another visit.
     
  17. Barred Owls for sure. If you have ever seen a Great Gray Owl, you would know the difference. Every time we visit the Bighorn, there are several around. Sometimes there is one at the beginning of the island in the trees approaching Reds place.

    Nice photos!
     

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