NFR "Annie" the Owl is growing up

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  1. riseform

    riseform Active Member

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    While owls have nothing to do with fishing, I think most of us would agree that seeing an owl while fishing makes the day that much better. Many of the owls I've seen in the wild have been on fishing/camping trips, usually in fading light.

    Last August, I was hiking with my daughter in a forested area of Cle Elum that would come within a few hundred yards of being consumed by the Taylor Bridge fire several days later. On that hike, we had the unusual luck of seeing two Great Horned owls during daylight hours. Instead of leaving the area when taking flight, they would land close enough that we could spot them again after a bit of hiking.
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    Later that evening, we realized why. We spotted a lighter colored juvenile owl testing its feet on a branch,
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    awkwardly spreading its wings
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    and looking at the world through goofy asymmetric pupils with a Steven Tyler feather hanging from its side.
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    I wasn't sure if the anisocoria (hence the name Annie) was a normal finding for a juvenile owl or if it reflected some neurological problem with the owl. I've often wondered how Annie did given the fire the following week and the interesting ocular findings.

    This weekend, in that same area of the woods, we heard the distant hoot of a Great horned owl. We grabbed a camera and tracked the source, finding a lightly colored owl in the trees. In our minds, we wondered if we were looking at our same juvenile owl. Blowing up the photo, we're pretty convinced we've spotted Annie looking quite healthy 8 months later.
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  2. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    thats cool, i love owls. my grandpa tagged owls for fish and wildlife for 50 years or so. i remember always goin up the naches area and putting mice on a big stick luring the owls down. so much fun.
     
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    Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing this.
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  4. Jeff Dodd

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    Yes, great photos and well posted. Thank you
     
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    Great Horned Owls are cool. When they give you the stare like in your 1st picture you know better than mess with one. We have several that nest in the woods behind our house and see them regularly. Very cool.
     
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    Great post and great photography riseform.
     
  7. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    Great shots, Nick! We have either Great Horned or Barrred Owls in the woods around us, and while we hear them, I've never seen one.
     
  8. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Great pics, I love owls too. We had great horned and screech owls in the back until the barred showed up.

    Itchy - The calls between the two are very distinct, plus the barred does come out in the daytime.

    Take a look at this for the calls.

    http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/
     
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    From a few years ago in our backyard. To this day I still think this guy is trying to figure out if he could take me or not.
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    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    We often hear them at dusk and early evening at the property but have not spotted one yet. Neat photos, thanks for posting them.
     
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    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Great shot, Kerry. Great horneds are very easy to call.
     
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    "Steven Tyler feather hanging from its side" -awesome
     
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    Great shots of some great birds
     
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    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Nice call on the Anisicoria! Could be a pupillary defect too, you know those Cle Elum hill folks and their blown pupils...
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Those are great, thanks for sharing. I'm getting more tuned in to other cool things around me while out fishing...lot's of cool things if you take time to look.

    We have nesting pairs of Barred Owls around the property and see them and their little guys quite often. The wife won the grand prize at the WA State Fair two years ago with a picture of one from our backyard. Last year we had a ghost white Barn Owl nest in a hole in an Oak tree, but my wife did get a great picture of one. We only saw them a few times (very leery they are) and think the nest was raided by a raccoon...really pissed my wife off :mad:.
     
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    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Can you load the pic up, I love a good owl pic...
     
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    A real shame on the raccoons. Vermin for sure...
     
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    What a great story! Thanks for sharing--really brightened an otherwise miserable day for me.

    Jason
     
  20. tythetier

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    Very cool! We have heard them when we are breaking down in the evening on the Crooked. We get everything torn down, then we will sit and smoke a cigar in the moonlight and listen to them chatter back in forth. Some times throwing our own call in to mix things up and get them going.