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Frederick The Owl

Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:12 pm



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.
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RE: Frederick The Owl

Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:24 pm

That's one wierd looking bird. I guess you won't be having any more rodent problems (if you ever had them before).  Smile

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RE: Frederick The Owl

Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:32 pm

What a sweetie !

Thanks for sharing !

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RE: Frederick The Owl

Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:30 pm

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?  biggrin 
 
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RE: Frederick The Owl

Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:51 am

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:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/program...BirdGuide/Eastern_Screech-Owl.html

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. 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.

Thanks for the sharing the pic!
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RE: Frederick The Owl

Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:52 am

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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RE: Frederick The Owl

Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:55 am

That totally rocks. We have barred owls around our house and I love to hear them hooting at night. They have a very distinctive hoot.

Here's a totally cool website about a nesting pair of barred owls and their life over several years. I spent hours reading all of it! There are sound clips so you can hear the hoot. It is very pretty.

http://www.owlcam.com/
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RE: Frederick The Owl

Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:03 am

Looks like he had a rafter fall on his head.

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RE: Frederick The Owl

Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:20 am

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.
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