Actually, just this morning on Mary Holland's Naturally Curious blog...
On Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:54:42 -0500, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I've been lucky to be able to watch 3 different Hawk Owls over the
> years, and they seem to be incredibly good at spotting and catching
> rodents with one quick dive. I saw very few misses.
> The fascinating thing to me is that at least one of the three kept a
> couple of food caches nearby. So it hunted pretty much without
> stopping, and if it caught more than it needed, it stuck the dead
> prey item in one of the caches for future meals. I never saw and
> nobody I talked to ever saw it actually take and eat prey from one of
> those caches since there were abundant mice/voles and it had no
> problems feeding itself.
> I've never heard of other owl species doing this, has anyone else? I
> can't help but think of how useful a habit that would be if there was
> a melt/freeze cycle that put a heavy crust of ice over the snow and
> made it so much harder to catch rodents scurrying through the snow
> under the ice layer.
> On 1/13/2014 10:04 PM, Liz Lackey wrote:
> > 1 snowy owl present today at Knapp Airport in Berlin, VT. A USDA
> > wildlife service truck was in the proximity, setting up a bow net
> > spring trap to capture it. By the time we left, the trap had been
> > dismantled, and taken away. Then a second truck (not USDA) seemed to
> > stay with the owl as it rested near the edge of the runway. All this
> > was occurring across the runway from either the cemetery or Benoit’s
> > Electric. 11:30-12:30pm.
> > I later ran into an acquaintance who works adjacent to the USDA
> > office there. He reports that this office had only learned yesterday
> > about a snowy owl being at the airport. I don’t know if the airport
> > asked them to remove the bird, or not. But I did find out that they
> > aborted the trapping operation midday as they were uncomfortable
> > having an audience (of birders).
> > We did not see a second, darker snowy owl.
> > We found a Northern Shrike in the SE corner of Comstock Rd/Scott Hill
> > Rd intersection, not far from the airport. It then flew across Scott
> > Hill Rd., in a westerly direction.
> > The Northern Hawk Owl was actively hunting in its usual location in
> > Waterbury Center this morning at 10:30am. It made a couple of low
> > swoops across busy Rt 100, avoiding being hit by any cars. Makes you
> > wonder if it is skill or luck that has allowed it to survive in this
> > territory for at least a month. I hope it is skill.
> > Enjoy birds
> > Liz Lackey
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