[Tweeters] Eide Road LEOW's

Todd Sahl toddsahl at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 7 21:53:53 PST 2015

I could not agree more.
From: Charles Desilets <csdesilets at comcast.net>
To: 'Tweeters' <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Saturday, February 7, 2015 9:26 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Eide Road LEOW's

<!--#yiv3890552525 _filtered #yiv3890552525 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;}#yiv3890552525 #yiv3890552525 p.yiv3890552525MsoNormal, #yiv3890552525 li.yiv3890552525MsoNormal, #yiv3890552525 div.yiv3890552525MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";}#yiv3890552525 a:link, #yiv3890552525 span.yiv3890552525MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv3890552525 a:visited, #yiv3890552525 span.yiv3890552525MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv3890552525 span.yiv3890552525EmailStyle17 {font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";color:windowtext;}#yiv3890552525 .yiv3890552525MsoChpDefault {font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";} _filtered #yiv3890552525 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv3890552525 div.yiv3890552525WordSection1 {}-->Tweets,  About 14 months ago, I and a companion spotted a LEOW roosting out in the open in a brush line just west of the Eide Road parking lot.  We were able to approach the owl within 30 feet and get excellent pictures, but withdrew after a short period of time to keep from disturbing the bird any more than we had.  I posted the sighting on Tweeters without specific instructions on the exact location and asked if anyone was interested, I would give them specifics.  I did this in order to keep casual observers from overwhelming the bird and driving it away.  The bird was observed by several in the next week to my knowledge, but no LEOW’s were reported later until the latest sightings.  Unfortunately, what I feared would happen has happened with the 2 birds that have been roosting out in the open for the past few weeks.  While I applaud efforts to bring wildlife awareness to the general public, Eide Road is a fragile place I fear, and it’s become, from all reports, a circus.  This does the owls no good from my perspective, and as responsible birders, I think we should take precautions to keep what is happening at Eide Road from recurring  - especially involving news stories on local TV.  These are wild animals in the wild, and not in a zoo.  In the future, I think folks need to think about rare and/or interesting sightings and broadcasting the exact locations to the outside world.  I don’t want to sound elitist here, but I would council considering the bird’s well-being first.  I hate it, but closing the area to observers makes sense, unfortunately.  Regards,  Charlie DesiletsMukilteo
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