Sunday, November 28, 2010

Barred Owl in Yamhill Co., Oregon

Driving on Highway 18 today one mile west of Dayton, Oregon, I found a dead Barred Owl, apparently killed by a passing vehicle. According to Birds of Oregon, A General Reference, this species was first detected in Oregon in 1974, and the numbers have rapidly increased since then. By 1998 it had been recorded at more than 706 locations in the state. Its "historic range was limited to the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada." The book also says, "...the BarredOwl may represent a significant threat to the Spotted Owl."
(Click on photo for larger image.)


At 9:46 AM, Blogger heidi said...

Lovely creature; do you ever pick them up for other institutions to use as specimens?

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor poor thing... If it's alive, I would keep it as a pet. Can I?


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