That Barred Owl was the most-photographed bird in West Seattle today. Its perch on a blossoming tree was just too photogenic to pass up. We received a few photos in email, and many more via Twitter. The photo above is by Delainey Schroeder, a West Seattle High School ninth-grader; the closer view below was one of four tweeted by Michael Crowe:

The tree was near 44th SW and SW Holgate. Another photo-sender, Alex, reported that nearby Crows were “having fits.” Barred Owls are “fairly common,” according to BirdWeb (at that link, you can hear their call as well as read about them).

ADDED 10:57 PM: Another view, from Jamie Kinney:

13 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Owl in blooms"

  • WSobserver March 26, 2022 (9:06 pm)

    Well done Delainey Schroeder! Wonderful photo.

  • Rache March 26, 2022 (10:23 pm)

    Wow – these are fantastic. Kudos to Delainey and to the aptly named Michael Crowe.

  • waikikigirl March 27, 2022 (7:39 am)

    Those are all very bee u tea full photos!  Very lucky though the Owl didn’t swoop down and tell you who’s who in the neighborhood. ;>)

  • Andy March 27, 2022 (10:53 am)

    Thank you WSB for passing on the pictures.

  • drd March 27, 2022 (10:54 am)

    Glorious.  Thanks for sharing and thanks for letting us enjoy these pictures sans imprinted photographers name.  

    • WSB March 27, 2022 (11:06 am)

      Just to be clear since you mention it, if a photographer chooses to watermark their work, we don’t crop it out. If you don’t see a watermark, it’s because the image was sent without one. – TR

  • sgs March 27, 2022 (11:15 am)

    Spectacular!  So filling to the soul.

  • Axe March 27, 2022 (3:53 pm)

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I love both owls and blossoming trees.

  • Shawn-marie March 27, 2022 (6:18 pm)

    Wow, great photos! 

  • Zachary March 28, 2022 (7:52 am)

    That’s awesome! Maybe the owl can go tell SDOT to fix the bridge.

  • yola March 28, 2022 (8:14 am)

    Amazing shots…bravo to whoever took these!!

  • Elton March 28, 2022 (10:34 am)

    If this owl were in high school these would make great senior photos ;) (not being sarcastic – the owl almost looks like he/she is posing!)

  • iheartowls March 28, 2022 (10:49 pm)

    Little did this owl know they were making beautiful art.Lovely photography, thank you!

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