Date: 12/23/17 5:06 pm From: Jones, Christopher S <christopher-s-jones...> Subject: Re: [ia-bird] eastern screech owl
honestly i think the original comment from Mr. Allen was very off-base. i was walking on the sidewalk of the busiest four lane street in Ankeny (and maybe Iowa) and the bird was a in a spruce tree just a few steps away from the sidewalk. No other pedestrians were around. There was nothing about this that was similar to the snowy owl stories except that the bird was an owl. Certainly some discretion is called for when viewing wildlife, but taking the comment to its logical end, we might as well confine ourselves to books and the internet when looking at birds and other wildlife. For what it's worth.
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 6:59:40 PM
To: Reid Allen
Cc: Jones, Christopher S; IA-Bird
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] eastern screech owl
I would suppose that would apply to any bird.
That said, I remember one time that I jumped a small creek. I was looking down so as to try to keep my feet out of the water. When I landed on the other side and took a step or two until my momentum stopped. only then did I lift my head up and found myself about 2 foot from a Screech Owl.