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Another Barred Owl....

Great year to be on the lookout for them, they seem to be everywhere.

We make a point looking in our area and have seen a dozen plus individuals this winter.

One theory is the lack of mice from a low mast crop has them feeding during the day as well as at night.

Fresh blood on this guys beak seems to support that.

 

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Me too, It's a bummer. :thdwn:

 

A couple years ago the wife found this road kill Northern Saw-whet Owl in the snow bank near our house.

Cars put a beating on Owls, hawks too.

 

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On 2/10/2019 at 9:25 PM, Plug and teaser said:

Another Barred Owl....

Great year to be on the lookout for them, they seem to be everywhere.

We make a point looking in our area and have seen a dozen plus individuals this winter.

One theory is the lack of mice from a low mast crop has them feeding during the day as well as at night.

Fresh blood on this guys beak seems to support that.

 

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I like your theory. 

We spooked one up from the ground mid day a few weeks ago. It landed about 10 feet up a tree, ignored us while staring intently at the ground. Suddenly right in front of two of us, it dove back down, recaught whatever we interrupted and flew off with it.

First time I ever saw that. I said at the time, must have been a hungry owl!

 

Red squirrel is most likely target for that spot. Something they wouldn't hunt at night. 

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On 2/10/2019 at 9:25 PM, Plug and teaser said:

Another Barred Owl....

Great year to be on the lookout for them, they seem to be everywhere.

We make a point looking in our area and have seen a dozen plus individuals this winter.

One theory is the lack of mice from a low mast crop has them feeding during the day as well as at night.

Fresh blood on this guys beak seems to support that.

 

5c60dce692cfc_Owlsouthrd..jpg.9c15137b93730b27439d2739d1e50d45.jpg

 

 

 

 

My sister has had one roosting over her bird bath the last couple weeks in CT.   She showed me some cell phone pics over the weekend.

 

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