Barred Owls Seen Near Thornton Creek

Take a look at this photo. Can you find three owls?
owls1If you didn’t spot them, scroll down to the second photo below with hints.
These Barred Owls were seen Tuesday in Thornton Creek Park #2, southeast of the 15th Avenue NE bridge. The photographer speculates, “they appeared to be a family, but I am not a wildlife expert.”
According to a wikipedia article,

Barred Owls may be partly responsible for the recent decline of the Northern Spotted Owl, native to Washington, Oregon, and California. Since the 1960s, Barred Owls have been expanding their range westward from the eastern US, perhaps because man-made changes have created new suitable habitat in the west. When Spotted Owls and Barred Owls share the same environment, the latter are generally more aggressive and out-compete the former, leading to decreased populations of the native owls.

Due to this, in 2007 the George W. Bush White House announced a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to shoot Barred Owls to reduce the threat they pose to the Spotted Owl. It was never put into action.

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2 Responses to Barred Owls Seen Near Thornton Creek

  1. Chuck Dolan says:

    I have seen one barred owl up close when in Kingfisher Natural Area around dusk.
    And by the way, the park’s name is officially “Kingfisher Natural Area”. It is a wonderful name that speaks to the history of the area. Kingfishers used to have nesting borrows in the steep bank downstream from the 17th Av NE crossing; before there were partiers at the beach below the nesting borrows: before a gas spill from the now torn down gas station on the NE corner of Northgate Way and Roosevelt Way killed off much of the fish;and before a formidable predator (barred owls) took up residence in the old maples and evergreens south of the kingfisher nesting borrows.

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