[Tweeters] Owls on the offensive

L Markoff canyoneaglej at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 08:08:14 PDT 2014


Barred Owl family groups may still be out there. In the early hours of 9/6
while making my 7th (unsuccessful) attempt for Great Gray Owl, I
encountered a family of Barred Owls on NF-32 in Okanogan County. They were
calling and flying about. I saw at least two juvie birds and one of the
parents. Knowing how protective BDOW parents are of their offspring, and
not having my hardhat on that day, I gave them a wide berth. ;-)



Lori Markoff

Eugene, OR



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I have had two non-birders ask me why owls are diving at, and occasionally
hitting, people walking through woodland areas. These are two different
locations, on Whidbey Island and in Mukilteo. I am not sure what species,
by report they are large so that would imply either Barred or Great Horned.
What puzzles me is that it is happening at this time of year. Nest defense
seems the obvious reason, but why would this be occurring now, long after
the young have presumably fledged? Could it be they were inspired by
late-night Hitchcock reruns? Could this be ARAB (Autumnal Recrudescence of
Amatory Behavior)? Any information is welcome.



Jack Stephens

Edmonds, WA

jstephens62 at comcast.net

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On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 9:32 PM, Jack Stephens <jstephens62 at comcast.net>
wrote:


> I have had two non-birders ask me why owls are diving at, and occasionally

> hitting, people walking through woodland areas. These are two different

> locations, on Whidbey Island and in Mukilteo. I am not sure what species,

> by report they are large so that would imply either Barred or Great Horned.

> What puzzles me is that it is happening at this time of year. Nest defense

> seems the obvious reason, but why would this be occurring now, long after

> the young have presumably fledged? Could it be they were inspired by

> late-night Hitchcock reruns? Could this be ARAB (Autumnal Recrudescence of

> Amatory Behavior)? Any information is welcome.

>

> Jack Stephens

> Edmonds, WA

> jstephens62 at comcast.net

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