NFR Owls in the backyard; ID?

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  1. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    I was told once that Barred owls are not native to western WA- and moved west as deforestation created more favorable nesting habitat for them ( secondary growth forest) They initially moved East from the Spokane area and moved west.
    Spotted owls are a closely allied species preferring old growth nesting habitat
    Interbreeding is possible, just like it is with species so closely related

    I'll have to do some fact checking to see if memory serves me correctly
     
  2. stilly stalker

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    I'm going with barred owl. They are quite talkative with hooting and also what sounds like barking. And, yes, these owls are agressive and have forced spotted owl, and other owls, out of areas. They have actually discussed shooting them. We used to have screech and great horned owls in the yard then the barred came in and pretty much drove them out.

    www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/barred_owl

    MB
     
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    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Gene:

    That's a pretty cool site. It is worth visiting and listening to the various calls. Barreds are very vocal birds.
     
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    Just look at all them tying feathers.
     
  8. Richard Olmstead

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Word of caution, possessing owl feathers is a Federal offense. Even if they were picked up off the ground.
    D
     
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    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:
     
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    ANY raptor feather. They are not on the ESL, but they are protected by the migratory bird act.
     
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    Ah... the MBA... I wasn't aware of that one.
     
  15. circlespey

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    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.