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I’ve been ordering the owl species in this series based on my experience with how common these species have been in my life. Your experience undoubtedly has been different! It would be a pretty dull world if we all walked the same path.

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My first two columns on the owls of Idaho covered a lot of the basic attributes of owls as a group. Over the next few columns, I want to look more closely at each of our fourteen species. Our owls differ in many ways, so there are a number of angles to take to figure out which species to address first, which second, and so on.

Fourteen species of owls have been seen in Idaho and 13of them are documented breeders. These include the barn owl, flammulated owl, western screech-owl, great horned owl, snowy owl, northern hawk owl, northern pygmy-owl, burrowing owl, barred owl, great gray owl, long-eared owl, short-eared owl, boreal owl, and northern saw-whet owl. Try to figure out which one does not nest here.

Camano Island resident Matt Ferguson showed great patience in his effort to capture the image of a short-eared owl in the snow last winter.