Date: 10/11/17 10:17 am From: Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...> Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Barred owl behavior ()
I've spent a good amount of time over the last 17 years watching Barred Owls, and was pleased to once see one cough up a pellet. Though I can't say I remember just how much what I saw looked like what you videoed, I seem to remember the head moving more forward than up. Though it is only a guess, my best guess is that your owl was trying to cough up a pellet, but didn't succeed on the tries that you witnessed. I will be happy to hear anyone else's thoughts on this.
As some of you know, I have also lead many owl walks in Seattle, and though I haven't set up for the public lately, I will always lead for groups, or individuals on request.
-Stewart Wechsler www.stewardshipadventures.com 206 932-7225 (currently only land line)
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:47:00 -0700 > From: <whitney.n.k...> > Subject: [Tweeters] Barred owl behavior > To: Tweeters <tweeters...> > Message-ID: <538DA795-8BE6-4134-9F5F-4CBAE34BFCCB...> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" > > Hi, Tweeters! Yesterday morning, Andy Jacobson and I were at Discovery > Park and had the great fortune of encountering a Barred Owl. After about 5 > minutes of us watching it, the owl began to open its mouth and bend its > head backwards. Repeatedly. Andy caught this on video with his iPhone and > scope (quick thinking!) which is here: > > https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2rPGrhUdEck > > Does anyone know what this owl is doing? We kind of expected a pellet to > come up, but we never saw one. Is it a food-in-crop manipulation to help > with digestion? Or...? > > Thanks for your ideas, > Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser > Seattle*************************************** >