Month: December 2013

Morning With a Snowy

Maybe I will be able to get back to screech owls soon, this recent string of snowies is just too
much (in a good way)… This one was waiting for me when I arrived at work first thing thursday morning. The change in its posture from the first to the second photo was due to a couple of crows that came by to take a couple dives at it and voice their disapproval. It stuck around till about noon.

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Snowy Snowy

This should be the same owl as the very distant owl (last post) and it was in the same area as the owl on the bench in the last post (no points). A gull did not take to kindly to its presence. If the heavily marked owl on the bench, and this owl are a pair, then this should be the male. Its not every winter you get to see these on the way to get coffee at lunch, I didn’t even have to get out of my truck.

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Seriously Snowy Challenge

EDIT: thought I would put up the NY vs Boston link about airport owl policies…http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2013/12/09/logan-airport-snowy-owls-new-york-shooting-owls/

The challenge is going to be figuring out how to award points. Given the number of them, we are being very strict with points, so we have to be together, and there has to be a clear cut first to see. So no points for us! with any of these snowies, the first was too close a call to whom really saw it first, as it was tough to make out without the camera, we both were checking it out before confirming it was indeed an owl(2 photos, same owl, different vantage point). The next two are ones I pick up by myself, as they are quite close to Site 1.

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and owlscape, same owl as above
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very distant document pic about 1,500 feet away in the dreary drizzle.
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taking a rest on an ocean park bench in dreary drizzle.
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Very Observant

Site 8

A thorough update from the owner at site 8. Excellent detective work and find as well! well done!

The ‘pale gray’ owl has been seen regularly (3-5 times a week) in the slot box. In years past, the slot box has been used almost exclusively, while the round box has remained vacant. The breeding season is the period when the round box has been occupied; a usage that usually indicates a second owl is present. This season, however, an owl (I assume it is the same ‘pale gray’ owl) has occasionally appeared in the round box. Sometimes it is seen only in the morning or late in the afternoon. On those days the slot box appears to be vacant, so I haven’t seen two owls at the same time. The use of both boxes and the behavior of the visible owl suggest the presence of a second owl. On one morning, in particular, the ‘pale gray’ owl was seen in the slot box. Later in the afternoon of the same day, an owl was seen in the round box. Did the ‘p-g’ owl switch boxes during the day? It would be highly unusual for a screech owl to expose itself during the day. Since only the owl’s face is visible in the round box, I could not confirm the field marks I use to identify the ‘p-g’ owl.
Yesterday [12/5/13], however, I was up before dawn to watch for the owl’s return to the box. The ‘pale gray’ owl returned at about 6:45am. Shortly after that a second owl swooped into our yard and perched in a sapling about 30’ from my telescope. There was enough light to see that it was a red screech owl! Unfortunately it didn’t stay in our yard, but its presence confirms my theory that a second owl is in the neighborhood. In fact, it could be the same red owl I found in a fir tree on Nov. 17th about 1/10th of a mile from our yard. While I was walking to Church when I heard and soon saw an agitated bunch of “yard” birds screaming at something near the top of a large fir tree. I stopped and slowly circled the base of the tree looking for a hawk or an owl at the center of the mob. Without binoculars I could only make out a dark blob that could have been an owl, or an old hornets’ nest.
I went back after church with binocs & a camera and circled the tree several more times before I found the owl and took this picture.

Hint lower right.

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