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Long-eared Owl Asio otus

Uncommon in eastern Kittitas County, mostly in riparian areas at low and moderate elevation, often adopting magpie nests for breeding. No records from western Washington, although true status there as well as at higher elevation east of Cascade crest unknown. Doubtless under-recorded; one record from 30 May 1999 near Taneum Meadow in Kittitas County hints at wider distribution. Breeding confirmed at Seattle's Discovery Park year after end of atlas period; has also nested rarely in Whatcom, Skagit, and Thurston Counties. May disperse upslope to alpine parkland in late summer.

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