Date: 5/16/18 11:32 am
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [Umpqua Birds] Re: Douglas Long-eared Owls
Hi Russ & all,

Very cool to hear about the Long-eared Owls that you found west of
Riddle! We've only had a handful of records from the Benton County coast
range during nesting season. I think Jim Fairchild found a few during
his years of doing Spotted Owl surveys years back. Then a couple of
years ago, after I heard what sounded like a pair around our yard, I
heard from an owl surveyor who had found a pair on McDonald-Dunn Forest
(OSU's research forest north of Corvallis) who said they'd found a pair
there in two successive years. That area was logged just before I had
those detections in our yard.

But a word of caution on those begging calls by juveniles later in
summer: We did have several elite-level Benton Co. birders who got
snookered by a Great Horned Owl juvenile that was still begging a little
later in the season than typical. Begging GHOWs sound a little raspier
than begging Long-eared Owls. But apparently if the sound is softened by
intervening dense foliage, even birders who are highly experienced at
identifying birds by calls can get fooled.

So -- just a heads-up -- in case anyone does want to try out that
research protocol in Douglas Co. later on this summer, be on the lookout
for Great Horned Owls doing a similar call. I think it's possible to
tell the difference if you're anticipating this possibility and being
appropriately cautious.


> From: Russ Namitz <namitzr...>
> Subject: [Umpqua Birds] Douglas Long-eared Owls
> Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 18:23:08 +0000
> Last night I heard not one but a pair of vocalizing LONG-EARED OWLS in
> the Coast Range about 20 miles west of Riddle on private timberland.
> They are very uncommon breeders in the Coast Range, so this was a
> treat and a county bird as well!
> I heard thirdhand that owl researchers specifically looking for this
> species in the east, have set up a protocol in late summer to listen
> for begging juveniles… A very distinctive and identifiable
> vocalization.
> Unfortunately I did not think about recording them on my phone before
> a Great Horned Owl started vocalizing nearby and caused them to cease
> and desist.
> Good birding,
> Russ Namitz
> Roseburg

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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