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  •  If it isn't safe to go out at night when they are (9+ / 0-)

    most apt to be calling, maybe you could just sit on your porch and listen for them. You may not here them the first night you try this but if they are around and you are persistent you will hear them sooner or later. That will at least give you an idea of where to start your search. As Bwren has noted, crows will often give away  the whereabouts of an owl with their calls as they harass it. So if you hear several crows raising a ruckus, you can follow the noise and you may get lucky.

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    by burnt out on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 02:34:49 PM PDT

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    •  What burnt out said ^^^ (9+ / 0-)

      You might listen for the smaller birds raising a ruckus, too, especially if there's more than one kind of bird sounding off. Follow that sound, very quietly and slowly. It may bring you to a perched owl (or hawk), determinedly ignoring a ring of scolding songbirds. I've seen hummingbirds in these mixes hovering right at the level of the owl/hawk's head and making utterly furious rackets.

      Good luck. Let us know.

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      by bwren on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 03:04:46 PM PDT

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      •  I was just there on a run (4+ / 0-)
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        bwren, burnt out, KenBee, Polly Syllabic

        No obvious sign of any. It's a pretty small wooded area that's further cut up into parcels by roads, so perhaps it's too close to people and noise for their comfort? I go through there several times a week so I'll keep and eye/ear out.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:30:58 PM PDT

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