Date: 3/22/21 9:44 pm
From: Houghton, Jon <Jon.Houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BAOW in the city
Hi Tweeterdom - I know that Elaine and others have been justifiably proud of the SNOW Queen of Queen Anne this winter, but I wanted to relate a close encounter with another, perhaps more consistent owl amongst us. This morning (March 22), Kathleen and I went for a walk in the Arboretum, an old favorite spring place from our years living in Madison Park and Leschi. Along the upper trail that parallels Arboretum Drive, I was looking up in the tall evergreens for the Barred Owl that has often been seen there, when we heard, very close ahead of us the classic 'Who cooks...', answered by another (higher pitched) call from across the road near the golf course. As we closed in on the call location, low in a group of conifers at the top of the Loderi Valley path, another walker was peering in from the other side. The owl came bursting out of the branches, heading straight for me and passed less then 10 feet from my head. Quite a view, but no time for pix. He (if this was indeed the male) headed over across the road to where the other bird had been calling. Quite exciting! And, it must be the time for this sort of thing, because on our last walk, two days ago in SW County Park just north of Edmonds, we also heard a pair of BAOW communicating. Happy Owling! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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