Ken, with your permission, I would like to pass this Owl's Tale on to my
many birding friends. It is an amazing story.
West Brattleboro, VT
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I hesitated to post this out-of-area story, but thought it was too good
to keep to myself. Hope no one minds. It's from Wolfville, Nova
Scotia. Atlas-ers beware!
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Subject: A tale of crows and owls in Wolfville
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 16:37:59 -0400
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I probably should have waited a day to be sure of the details below, but
couldn't resist sharing this hot story!
Apr. 18, 2005 - A NATURE TALE OF CROWS AND OWLS -- Two mornings ago I
call from Andy Nette, who lives along Main Street in Wolfville. In his
is a tall spruce tree which is decorated with Christmas lights every
CROWS built and occupied a nest near the treeıs top just this Spring.
early morning on April 16, Andy heard a crowy commotion in the yard, and
several crows mobbing AN OWL on the nest! Eventually the owl flew away,
the crows reoccupied the nest. Later that day Andy was taking down the
lights and looked in the nest; there were four bluish, speckled CROW
AND A SINGLE LARGER WHITE EGG, from the owl!
Andy talked with Bernard Forsythe, who then predicted that the owl might
come back two days later to lay a second egg. At that point the owlıs
identity was unknown.
Early this morning, again noises of crows in commotion came from the
Andyıs attic has a window that is approximately level with the nest in
treetop, and there Andy could see the OWL AGAIN; this time the owl
there, apparently INCUBATING, and Andy could even see a few crow
floating toward the ground, from the attacking crows? Now it is known
it is a BARRED OWL -- Andy has heard one and sometimes two owls nearby
and on for most of the past winter. Andy inspected the nest later in
morning and indeed found a SECOND OWL EGG (plus still the four crow
whose fates remain to be seen).
Like most other owls, barred owls do not build nests, and usually
cavities or nest-boxes for their eggs and young, but the occasional use
an old platform nest is not unprecedented.
I will check further with both Andy and Bernard for more on the details
then subsequent details -=- keep tuned!