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So Much For "Sensitive" Owls

Not too long ago we had a whole kurfluffle on the Minnesota birding listservs when a long-eared owl was reported. The emails inevitably spiraled into the “someone got too close to the owl and flushed it causing it severe stress and ruining it for the rest of the birders.” However, this story about long-eared owls found roosting in Chicago makes you wonder just how sensitive these birds are. Be sure to check out the photo gallery.

2 comments to So Much For "Sensitive" Owls

  • Beth

    We’ve had two and three long-eared owls roosting in Central Park this winter (so cool – my first time seeing any owl not tethered to someone’s wrist). They chose a pine tree in an area that has a low fence around it and not too far from the path beyond. Every time I’ve been there with my camera, there are at least two people looking at them and they seem to be pretty unconcerned about the attention.

    On the other hand, we’ve had a number of screech owls also roosting in the park, some in trees closer to the paths and, apparently, they draw large numbers of people so the owl watchers have stopped posting photos. I don’t know of the groups bother the screech owls or not (I don’t believe any have been driven from their roosting holes) but I think it’s a great thing that people are so interested in them.

  • Parus

    Haha! I think it’s hilarious that all those IL birders know where to go and can find and enjoy the birds when all these do-good WI and MN birders won’t even tell us where to look. It’s ridiculous.
    I think we’re underestimating the adaptability of these beautiful birds.

    You can see my blog for my point of view.
    –Chris W, The SW WI birder.