Date: 2/1/18 9:27 am
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Snowy Owl returns...sitting on top of Conns
As I just wrote to Barrett Pierce, if and when an owl up-chucks a pellet
depends upon it's hunting success and the *type* of prey it captures. Keep
searching, but don't disturb the owl on its roost.
Keith Arnold

On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 7:51 PM, Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
wrote:

> Dr Arnold:
>
> No pellets observed today but just before flying the bird gave a squirt
> from the other end. Not sure that would be easy to collect or very
> informative 😀. That said, it does suggest that the bird is eating
> something. Plumage, feet and beak, eyes all looked healthy from our vantage
> point, though the bird did not seem to be enjoying the 60F weather; panting
> a bit.
>
> I searched some under the birds apparent favorite perch near Discount
> Tire. I say this because there were at least 6 large white poop spots under
> this wooden power pole by the highway (unlike the smaller rounder grackle
> poop spots). I found nothing here that I would consider an owl pellet. But
> I did find bits of fur that could’ve been rabbit or ground squirrel. Would
> the SNOW eat larger prey like this? It certainly seems to have the
> necessary equipment to take down a rabbit. If it’s eating larger prey would
> there still be (as many) pellets? Seems like there might be some larger
> bones discarded. Anyway, I’m happy to send you the fur I collected if
> interested. Of course there is probably no way to be sure that the fur
> belonged to any SNOW dinner.
>
> If there are pellets, and there certainly should be, part of the
> difficulty finding them is that the bird seems to move around a lot within
> its chosen area. Justin Bosler mentioned this too. Interestingly, there is
> a fair bit of dog poop (long term hotel guests walking their dogs) in the
> area and I’m wondering if it’s possible that dogs are eating the
> pellets?.?. Or the pellets are just blowing away; it’s pretty windy in W
> Texas as you know.
>
> Perhaps others will have better luck locating pellets.
>
> Thanks
> Bob Friedrichs
> Palacios
>
> Sent from Bob's iPhone
>
> > On Jan 31, 2018, at 1:37 PM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:
> >
> > Has anyone had success in finding the owl's pellets?
> >
> > Keith Arnold
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Jan 31, 2018, at 11:05 AM, Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Currently (11am on 1/31) on light pole near playground at Crosspoint
> Church.
> >>
> >> Sent from Bob's iPhone
> >>
> >>> On Jan 31, 2018, at 7:35 AM, Joe Fischer (Redacted sender "fischer13"
> for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Sorry, Odessa owl
> >>>
> >>> Joe Fischer
> >>> http://www.pbase.com/joe_e_fischer
> >>> Sent from my iPhone
> >>>
> >>>> On Jan 31, 2018, at 7:32 AM, Jennifer Miller <
> <foundnatureblog...> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> I am assuming in Odessa, but just to be certain, is it in Odessa or
> Amarillo? It’s my understanding that they both have a Snowy Owl and a
> Conn’s.
> >>>> Thanks for the update!
> >>>>
> >>>> Jennifer Miller
> >>>> Lubbock, TX
> >>>>
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> >>>>> On Jan 31, 2018, at 7:24 AM, Joe Fischer (Redacted sender
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