[Tweeters] Dead owls at West 90 on Samish

Dan Reiff, PhD notcalm at comcast.net
Sun Mar 3 20:26:34 PST 2013


In addition to Snowy owls, Great Horned owls hunt in the area between Samish Island and Edison. I have seen them there several times. One time perch hunting (not the fish) for an actively perch hunting Barn Owl.
Dan Reiff

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On Mar 3, 2013, at 5:34 PM, Bud Anderson <falconresearch at gmail.com> wrote:


> Hi All,

>

> I've been leading several field trips over the last month for my hawk classes and, of course, we always visit the West 90.

> Several weeks ago, Libby Mills pointed out a dead Short-eared Owl along the walkway leading south from the parking lot.

> On a later trip, one of my students spotted a dead Barred Owl just outside the entry point. It was mostly intact.

> Today, another student found the remains, mostly eaten, of a Long-eared Owl across the street to the NE. We found an entire wing and multiple feathers spread around the grass and across the ditch from the road. No idea if it was the bird that has been reported from there this winter.

> There was also a Snowy Owl (alive) seen there this past weekend on the Bill Clark field trip.

> Wondering if they are related as I am well aware that Snowys eat Short-eared Owls when they can.

> On the other hand, who knows? I suppose that it could just be chance.

> Thought I'd report it.

>

> Bud Anderson

> Falcon Research Group

> Box 248

> Bow, WA 98232

> (360) 757-1911

> falconresearch at gmail.com

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