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Ken, with your permission, I would like to pass this Owl's Tale on to my
many birding friends. It is an amazing story.
 
Al Merritt
West Brattleboro, VT
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Subject: [VTBIRD] [Fwd: A tale of crows and owls in Wolfville]
 
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!
 
Ken Copenhaver
Fairfax VT
 
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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
I
couldn't resist sharing this hot story!
 
Apr. 18, 2005 - A NATURE TALE OF CROWS AND OWLS -- Two mornings ago I
got a
call from Andy Nette, who lives along Main Street in Wolfville.  In his
yard
is a tall spruce tree which is decorated with Christmas lights every
winter.
CROWS built and occupied a nest near the treeıs top just this Spring.
In
early morning on April 16, Andy heard a crowy commotion in the yard, and
saw
several crows mobbing AN OWL on the nest!  Eventually the owl flew away,
and
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
EGGS
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
yard.
Andyıs attic has a window that is approximately level with the nest in
the
treetop, and there Andy could see the OWL AGAIN; this time the owl
stayed
there, apparently INCUBATING, and Andy could even see a few crow
feathers
floating toward the ground, from the attacking crows?  Now it is known
that
it is a BARRED OWL -- Andy has heard one and sometimes two owls nearby
off
and on for most of the past winter.  Andy inspected the nest later in
the
morning and indeed found a SECOND OWL EGG (plus still the four crow
eggs,
whose fates remain to be seen).
 
Like most other owls, barred owls do not build nests, and usually
utilize
cavities or nest-boxes for their eggs and young, but the occasional use
of
an old platform nest is not unprecedented.
 
I will check further with both Andy and Bernard for more on the details
and
then subsequent details -=- keep tuned!