Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
It wasnt hard to find the barred owl that has been hanging out near Sparrow Rock. It was pretty well hidden but from some angles you could get a view. As it dozed and preened I searched the area for owl sign. After some hour of searching I had found 4 pellets ranging from a small white one to one that was almost completely bones. The large, wet one caught my attention. It was a big, fresh pellet not in the area of the main barred but from another large owl. From there I methodically searched every single pine tree in the Great Lawn area. Near sunset I found a familiar shape lurking in the cover of some evergreens. There's nothing like the feeling of discovering an owl. As I alerted some respectful owl watchers to its location, the bird roused from its slumber. After sunset we had the pleasure of following it as it went out hunting along the East Drive.
In the contest between sparrow and kestrel, the kestrel mostly wins. But blue jays are a pretty even match. And while the kestrel has a formidable arsenal, the blue jay's bill makes it a potentially fatal adversary. Knowing this, these jays tried to move this kestrel off his kill. This bird eventually flew out to the southwest and I lost it somewhere over 104th St. The fact that it was bringing prey back to its nest is an interesting piece of info. Ill try to follow up on it.