Species Identification Confidence:
I'm absolutely certain
Individual(s) Observed (seen)
I heard the deep pitch call of a Great-horned Owl perched high in a western white pine tree in Coeur d'Alene at 9:20 p.m. With a spotting scope I could see the ear tufts and intricate markings on its gray back. It was large, stockier than a long-eared owl, with a wing span greater than 4 feet which was visible as it flew to a nearby tree and continued to call. The call was very deep, starting with a single note, followed by 2 sets of 3 quick notes and a final single note; I heard this call about 20 times before the owl flew away at 9:32 p.m.
Decimal Degrees: 47.7,-116.8
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narrow strip of mature western white pine forest on the edge of a residential neighborhood and a 130-acre tree and native plants nursery
Game Management Unit:
June 20, 2020 (All day)
ornithology class in a university wildlife program; I have seen this species many times in the field in Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
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