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Barred Owl

Strix varia

Description:

Young Barred Owls.

Habitat:

Second Growth forest, Wickenden Park, Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC

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15 Comments

Dixie
Dixie 7 years ago

I would be so excited if I came across something like this. I totally agree with 'LivesInADream's' comment!

LivesInADream
LivesInADream 8 years ago

TOO CUUUUUUUTE!

Also, the spotting will not be complete until you add the scientific name of your bird. You can go into your spotting and click on edit and add Strix varia and save it. Look forward to seeing more of your BC spottings!

Great spotting Jordan. Happy to see another BC spotter on PN! I have a mission trying to document all the Breeding Birds of BC. Would you join and put this spotting into that mission: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/9990...
Thanks!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Such a sweet picture!! Welcome to Project Noah! I'd love you to add this spotting and any future spottings that apply to the mission Raptors of North America: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8627...

mcaul6515
mcaul6515 8 years ago

Great first spotting!

mcaul6515
mcaul6515 8 years ago

Fluffy!!!! :)

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Adorable :)

jordan.manley
jordan.manley 8 years ago

Interesting, thanks for the insight Jeff.

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 8 years ago

I agree. Habitat loss is the underlying reason for the decline of spotted owls. There were several presentations at the recent Wildlife Society conference in Portland regarding interactions of the two species. The barred owl is spreading and pushing spotted owls out of the remaining suitable habitat. When I worked with spotted owls in California, there was no old-growth on the 200,000 acres I was monitoring. We had about 80 pairs. Of course, that is redwood country, and the trees become large enough to support nesting platforms in 50-75 years. Both state and federal agencies are quite involved with the species throughout its range.

jordan.manley
jordan.manley 8 years ago

Jeff - I think it's interesting that the discourse these days around the decline of the Northern Spotted Owl seems to place more blame on the Barred Owl expansion than the underlying threat of old growth logging practices in British Columbia. @jeffdreier

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 8 years ago

This species is now considered one of the biggest threats to the northern spotted owl. Regardless, barred owls are a successful species. I recall hearing their calls in the southeast. In North Carolina, I imitated their calls and got responses from 3 individuals, during midday. They can hybridize with spotted owls, but the resulting "sparred"owls have wierd calls and apparently have a tough time finding a mate. I monitored one hybrid for a couple of years. He had a female spotted owl with him, but they never attempted to nest during those two seasons.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah jordan.manley,

I hope you like the site as much we do; there are many features you can explore:
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There is a blog http://blog.projectnoah.org/ where we post articles from spotters with special insight into different organisms.
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Look at the global and local missions to put your spottings into: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions
Enjoy yourself here, see you around!

laurencarroll2729
laurencarroll2729 8 years ago

Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

Very cute spotting Jordan :-)

jordan.manley
Spotted by
jordan.manley

North Vancouver District, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jun 23, 2013
Submitted on Jun 24, 2013

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