What town are you in?
On Jan 3, 2013, at 10:22 AM, Walter Medwid wrote:
> A murder of crows cawing loudly and minus 15 degree temps started the
> morning off. The crows were so persistent in their calling from the wooded
> wetland below our house that I assumed a fox was patrolling the area but I
> could see no movement. The crows picked up their cawing and I decided to
> sweep the area with binocs to see if I could find the source of their
> agitation. I finally spotted a bump on the ground that turned out to be a
> great horned owl nestled in the deep snow along the edge of the wooded
> wetland and the meadow. My first reaction was that the owl was in trouble
> but thought it best to let nature take its course. After 40 minutes of
> observing and with temps so bitterly cold, my mind shifted to thinking that
> I could capture the owl (having worked with raptors before) and give it a
> short respite from the wind and cold temps in my basement. As I trudged
> through the snow the owl didn't move increasing my suspicion that the owl
> was in poor health. Fortunately as I got closer the owl took off and headed
> into a grove of tall pines.
> I suspect that the owl may have been in the area because of a large wooden
> crate that I use to compost garden leftovers and organics from the kitchen.
> Mice and voles have an assortment of goodies to enjoy all winter and I'm
> guessing an owl would find the spot attractive.
> A good bird to add to the 2013 list.