Subject: [Tweeters] Seward Park owl pellet ID - Great Horned Owl?
Date: Jul 28 08:58:03 2009
From: Christine Southwick - clsouth at

Tweeters can be so educational!
Thanks for the owl pellet pictures. Great learning tool!

Christine Southwick
N Seattle/Shoreline
clsouthwick at

On Mon, 27 Jul 2009 squeakyfiddle at wrote:

> There have been a number of Great Horned Owl reports from the forest in Seward
> Park over the last 3 months, a recent one from someone I trust. I've not been
> lucky to see one myself, but today found a pellet that has piqued my curiosity.
> I've been analyzing Barred Owl pellets from the forest for a couple of years
> and am very familiar with their general size/shape/etc. The pellet I found
> today is at least twice the size of any Barred Owl pellet I've collected. I've
> not broken it down yet so can't speak to the prey.
> There's a photo up on Flickr:
> at N05/3763770631/
> The two pellets at the top were collected from under a Barred Owl roost tree
> earlier this spring. The one at the bottom is the one I found today. Its
> location was more to the north of the area of the sightings, but I suspect a
> Great Horned Owl would move about a fairly large area of the forest.
> As far as I know, Great Horned Owls haven't been seen regularly in the forest
> for a number of years.
> Thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Catherine Alexander
> Lakewood neighborhood
> South Seattle
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