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Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus


Short-eared Owl on marker 12 at the Ridgefield NWR in southwest Washington state.


Open grasslands.


I was parked near post 12 waiting to photograph a hawk taking off from its perch when this owl landed on a speed limit sign about 200 feet from me. One of the 4 or 5 cars that were observing the hawk, drove by the owl and flushed it so that it landed on marker 12, about a hundred feet from me. This owl has been seen off and on in daytime at the refuge for a month or two now but this is my first sighting of this winter's bird. The juvenile hawk was causing a "traffic jam" of a bunch of cars, letting folks drive within 15 feet of it. It's amazing the owl would choose to land on signs and posts so close to all this congestion. Maybe the owl just wanted to see what all the fuss was about! [I also added a video but I got a "problem saving" when I added my you tube link, and now it won't let me take the link out of the video field. Will have to start my spotting over!]

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sanmiggums 7 years ago

Looks like it is ready to kill its next victim

sanmiggums 7 years ago

Evil owl

AshleyT 7 years ago

So jealous of this shot! I have only seen one flying far away through binos, would love to be able to get a picture one day!

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 7 years ago

Thanks, Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago


Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 7 years ago

Thanks all for your nice comments!

EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Great picture of this rarely seen bird!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Lovely spotting and nice story about how you saw it!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Very nice !

Liam 7 years ago

Nice find and great photo, Dennis! What an incredible stare!

Dennis Davenport
Spotted by
Dennis Davenport

Ridgefield, Washington, USA

Spotted on Jan 4, 2013
Submitted on Jan 5, 2013

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