Date: 5/17/17 7:59 pm
From: Mitchell Pruitt <0000000b4ac30a99-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Urban Birds of Fayetteville (and more kites)
Thanks to inspiration from Joe Neal, who was inspired by the book, Subirdia by John Marzluff, I’ve been enjoying some urban birds in Fayetteville this week. These have ranged from Yellow-throated Warblers singing on territories all over town, to Swainson’s Thrushes and Great Crested Flycatchers feeding on mulberries. Today’s urban adventure, led by Joe himself, was to a private yard north of Wilson Park that holds a special secret: a pair of Barred Owls. Though owls can be reliably seen in one of several tall pines, the nest has yet to be found. However, it is likely in the top of a tree whose crown went missing in the last ice storm. What's left of the crown is in such a viney tangle, that it is impossible to tell who may live there. Any day now, Barred Owlets might be seen standing around on the nest-tree’s branches. For now, the adults usually remain motionless during the day, occasionally stirring up a ruckus with local Blue Jays and Fish Crows.

Today, some of the owls’ notable neighbors included a Gray Catbird, Swainson’s Thrush, ~30 Cedar Waxwings, Red-shouldered Hawks, and 3+ Mississippi Kites soaring over the neighborhood and adjacent Wilson Park, where they have nested in years past.

Happy urban birding,

Mitchell Pruitt
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