Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25 Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1043 times:
This owl has made its home in the rafters outside of our apartment for the last couple of nights. It is a screech owl, a very nice bird. I've never seen an owl this far into the city, only in the woods or when I'm camping. Just sharing it for your enjoyment.
IAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1015 times:
Is he cross-eyed? "Frederick?"
There are more owls in urban areas than one may think. I see them because I work at night in the middle of a big city. Where there are lots of people, there are lots of rodentia. And where there are rodentia, there are owls.
You might think about buying a few feeder mice from the pet store in an effort to get him to stick around. Maybe with a spritz of garlic butter?
YeahitsK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1006 times:
He's magnificent. I'm a birdwatcher and I'm not ashamed to admit that I love owls- for those of you with sick minds, I am implying that I am fascinated by the species. I've been known to tramp through woodlands at strange hours trying to get a glimpse of them, you are very lucky to see him like this. Looks like you have a gray phase Eastern Screech Owl (as you mentioned). Like the ruffed grouse, this species comes in multiple color forms (gray and red). More info about these guys for those interested:
You'd be surprised. City parks (such as central park) are ideal places to spot owls and all sorts of other species. As these birds pass over the city they will take refuge and can often find food there, effectively concentrating multiple species in a small area.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21879 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 994 times:
Quoting YeahitsK (Reply 4): Quoting Tbar220 (Thread starter):
I've never seen an owl this far into the city
You'd be surprised. City parks (such as central park) are ideal places to spot owls and all sorts of other species.
Last year I saw an owl hanging around the university buildings here. There are lots of rabbits roaming the grounds, and it tried to grab one, unsuccessfully. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't miss every time.
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Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 983 times:
Well apparently he eats small rodents and insects. With the weather working up, there are a TON of critters roaming around, from birds and squirrels to spiders and other bugs. Probably found himself a nice warm place to rest and goes and feeds at night.