Date: 11/1/21 9:10 pm
From: Dan Reiff <dan.owl.reiff...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Queen Anne Long-eared Owl
If you could make a sound recording of the owl calling and send it to me and Jamie Acker and others, we may be able to help you identify it.

We both have much night time experience observing and listening to owls.

It could be the Long-eared, the Barred owls or a reaction of one species to the presence of the other.

Also, my wife and I lived two blocks from that site at the beginning of our marriage.

Thanks for the report.
Dan Reiff

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> On Nov 1, 2021, at 7:16 PM, Jim Elder <jelder...> wrote:
> Yesterday, many people saw the Long-Eared Owl on Queen Anne at the corner of McGraw and Nob Hill Ave in Seattle. As it happens I live just a couple blocks from there. I did walk over there around 8 AM today (Monday) but did not find it again. Of course there are many trees and I had neither time nor patience to inspect all of them. However I did hear an owl just a few minutes ago (6:20 PM) from my house. We have at least one resident Barred Owl in the neighborhood and I have probably heard it a half dozen times in the last month including last night. However the most common call I hear is a slurred note that I refer to as a whooaw call. It is pretty similar to the last phrase of the full Barred owl call. I could not detect the slur in the call I just heard and it seemed to be just a long single note whoo. It sounded as if it was across the ravine from me which would behind the houses on Nob Hill about a block north of where the Long-eared Owl was yesterday. It called about four or five times and I didn’t get outside until the last couple. Considering the ambient traffic noise from the Aurora bridge, it is possible I just didn’t hear the inflection. My conclusion: probably this was our neighborhood Barred Owl but it did sound slightly different from usual and I can’t rule out the Long-Eared Owl. Do any of our resident owl experts know if Long-Eared Owls vocalise when they are not in their usual home territory?
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