Saturday, April 18, 2015

Barred Owl near Barber Park

We ended 2014 and started 2015 with the same great bird – a Barred Owl that turned up in a residential area near Barber Park in Boise. When the report first came in that there was a Barred Owl in town, I was skeptical, but still headed out first thing in the morning to see if I could track it down. Several other birders had the same idea, and while it turned out I was focusing in the wrong areas, others were more successful and were able to both confirm the ID, and provide better directions. We made a second trip later on in the day, and found the bird hunting along a canal running behind several houses.

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Barred Owl near Barber Park, Ada County. December 31, 2014.

I never would have found the bird, except that the local songbirds were sounding the alarm, and their noise guided me to the right area.

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Barred Owl near Barber Park, Ada County. December 31, 2014.

With a clear view of the back it’s sure easy to see why this bird is called a “Barred” Owl.

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Barred Owl near Barber Park, Ada County. December 31, 2014.

After not finding any Barred Owls earlier in the year we had pretty much given up on getting one in 2014, so this bird was a nice surprise. Luckily, it stayed put for a while, and we were able to visit it again a couple of days later to get it on our 2015 list as well. This time it was a little more obscured, hanging out in a back yard.

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Barred Owl near Barber Park, Ada County. January 2, 2015.

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