Hi. Yes, many Barred owls have come into rehab centers this winter due to
being hit by cars. A 510 gram Barred arrived from West Rutland last night.
He devoured five thawed white mice in one sitting. Obviously very hungry.
Helena. North stream wildlife rescue. Monkton.
On Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 9:08 AM Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This has been a very hard winter for owls. Their prey is usually small
> mammals that make trails and tunnels under the snow; the owls hear them
> moving, glide down, and pounce. We’ve had deep snow this winter and now
> there’s a hard crust. Many owls will starve, and many others will show up
> in rehab centers.
> Many owls have been hanging out near bird feeders, where they might be
> able to take a red squirrel. Others are hanging out in barn yards, where
> there might be mice, and along roads where there are some open areas.
> We had a Barred Owl eating a rabbit in the driveway - a huge prey for a
> bird that usually swallows food whole. That behavior, and the fact that the
> owl kept eating even after it became aware that we were awake (lights on,
> etc.), showed its desperation.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
> > On Mar 5, 2019, at 9:00 PM, EHK Personal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > On Saturday evening (6:30 pm), I saw 2 bard owls within 3 miles of each
> other in Leicester, and then on Sunday I saw 4 distinct different bard owls
> on Route 7 between the north end of Route 7B in Clarendon and South
> Wallingford (3 within 5-6 miles). The first siting was at 11:30 AM, and
> then I saw the same bird and 3 others between 5 and 6 pm.
> > Why so many right now and in such close proximity?
> > I also saw a bald eagle preening itself on top of a bare tree in the
> swamp near the Otter Creek on Route 73, as well as 4 red tails, a coopers
> and a rough-legged hawk on route 30 on Saturday afternoon. What a weekend
> for raptors!! What a treat!
> > Elisabeth Kulas - Sent from my iPad