A rare group of owls has assembled near Anchorage, giving many birders the opportunity of a lifetime to see a multi-species parliament. According to the Anchorage Daily News, up to five species of owls have been sighted near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in close proximity to one another, including species of different sizes. These raptors are normally solitary and very respectful of one another's territories, but it is believed that deep snow and a scarcity of food may be drawing them to the same area for hunting and roosting.
The member species of this unusual parliament - a group of owls - include the great gray owl, northern saw-whet owl, short-eared owl, boreal owl and northern hawk owl. Some birders have been fortunate to spot all five species in a single day.
If you're not able to visit Anchorage to see this unusual group of owls, these tips for attracting owls can help you make your backyard more owl-friendly. With luck, you might assemble your own parliament!
Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Photo © Michael Woodruff