Ping Pong Ball Owl

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This week’s photo, taken March 25, 2016 on private property north of Seattle, WA, features a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL in an owl box. Actually, the owl is more than halfway out of the box, but you get the picture. Photographing the owl was a challenge because I had to aim through a tangle of foliage, resulting in the blurry effect in the foreground of the image.

This was the first time I’ve ever seen a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL during the day. When I lived at the spa in Mexico, a couple of times I saw a shadowy figure at night, but I never got to see any detail.

On several occasions, however, I heard Western Screech-Owls after nightfall. Their whistled hoots start slowly and then accelerate. The rhythm of its song may remind you of the speeding up sound a ping pong ball makes as it repeatedly bounces on the ground.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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2 Responses to Ping Pong Ball Owl

  1. cathieborrie says:

    Gorgeous and the blurry part just adds to it!

    On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 2:54 PM, Short & Tweet Bird Reports wrote:

    > Joe Sweeney posted: ” This week’s photo, taken March 25, 2016 on private > property north of Seattle, WA, features a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL in an owl > box. Actually, the owl is more than halfway out of the box, but you get the > picture. Photographing the owl was a challenge because” >

  2. Deborah says:

    Another beautiful little owl! We have Eastern Screech Owls here in RI. I’ve heard them calling, but I’ve never actually seen one. Meanwhile, the squirrels have taken over the owl nesting box.

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