A barred owl that drew crowds of onlookers while swooping around at Farewell Bend Park earlier this year may well be dead. The owl was seen from mid-January into last month, regularly hunting for mice and voles along the Deschutes River just upstream of the Old Mill District. It then disappeared about a month ago. Two photographers found a dead owl March 3 about 10…
Birders are abuzz about Farewell Bend Park's newest resident
A barred owl, a cousin of the northern spotted owl, may be taking roost at Farewell Bend Park in Bend. The owl has been seen around the park along South Reed Market Road near the Deschutes River crossing since about Sunday, said Devon Comstock, who was among the birders to go and see the owl this week. Word of the barred owl has been abuzz…
Barred owls are large owls that are between 17 and 20 inches long. They have a wingspan between 39 and 43 inches and can weigh between 1 and 2 pounds. They have dark markings in the form of bars that run horizontally across their chest and vertically down the front.
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