I realllly want to see one of the snow owls that have been around Ballard. Anyone know if they have some regular places to perch?
Owl Sightings(9 posts)
Me to! Anyone?
Me three! They are gorgeous.
I am hoping to take my girls out owl spotting this weekend and would love to know some likely spots to see them. I understand that dusk is the best time to go.
unless someone sees one and then quickly posts the location, I don't think you can count on many 'likely' spots.
I mean, the one the other day was on the roof of a church. sort of doubt that would be a common occurence.
seeing any snowy owls will just involve good observation skills. they contrast greatly with most backgrounds so should be easy to spot. the crepuscular hours are favorable.
I could direct you to a few locations in Discovery Park where I know some barred owls live. pretty sure I could find them on any given day.
JenniferR - unfortunately I don't think there are any locations in this area where you can predictably see a Snowy Owl. The are native to the Arctic regions and come south of the Canadian border in winter when food is hard to find.
I was lucky enough to read the MB home page on Thursday afternoon and walked the dog over to the library just on the off chance that the owl was still there, and WOW it was still on the roof at 3:30 pm! I had my binoculars and was able to see it in detail.
I would suggest walking around Ballard and looking for large gatherings of crow. The crows will follow any large bird that they consider a threat and will give you a clue to where one might be.
FYI anytime a large number of crows gather and make a lot of noise, something is going on. Either a large bird like in this occasion or a raccoon trying to sleep in a tree or something else of interest.
Ad like gi pointed out there are Barred Owls in DP and also in the woods above GG, but they are smaller than the Snowy, it has a 52" WS.
Most of the sightings have not been in town - up in the swamps near Stanwood / Bayview-Edison / Bow Hill etc, or down in Nisqually, or out on the Penninsula (Ediz Hook), or Damon Point near Ocean Shores and such. In-town sightings haven't been predictable, and typically after one sighting they're gone.
We spent this weekend in Skagit County (Edison/Padilla Bay/Fir Island area) looking for snowy owls. I saw lots of other gorgeous birds, including a barred owl, but no snowy's.
not snowy, (well it IS snowy actually) but the barred owls in the northwest will soon be shot to make room for the native spotties:
I wonder if they will be exterminating or relocating the ones in Discovery Park, Woodland Park, etc.
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