This week’s photo, taken October 26, 2015 from the Edmonds Pier in Edmonds, WA, features a SHORT-EARED OWL coming out of the fog.
I’ve heard stories of people on pelagic bird trips spotting Short-eared Owls flying over the ocean with no land nearby. That sounds unreal to me, since most raptors are not comfortable flying over large bodies of water.
However, I’m now a believer. 3 weeks ago, I stood on the Edmonds Pier and watched a Short-eared Owl complete a flight of a few miles across the Puget Sound. Even though the bird was far north of my position, its slow moth-like wing movements stood out amongst the rapid wing beats of the many gulls that frequent the sound.
Last Monday, I watched another Short-eared Owl complete the journey across the sound, and an hour later, another one arrived and flew right by the pier. It was a fairly foggy morning, and the sudden appearance of that owl was quite exciting and surprising. Apparently, if a Short-eared Owl has somewhere to go, it will not hesitate to fly over water to get there, if that’s what it needs to do.
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