Date: 2/8/18 11:21 am
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Owl in the Box Update
Glad you like them, and I appreciate the kind words!

On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 1:29 PM Rose M Joy <rosemjoy...> wrote:

> The updates, videos and photos are wonderful; thanks for sharing these. I
> love owls!
> > On Feb 7, 2018, at 8:47 PM, Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...> wrote:
> >
> > Jerseybirders,
> >
> > As I post on this snowy/icy night, Grey screech is perched at the
> backyard box's entrance hole (all scrunched up like a ball) like she'd
> rather not have to go out for a night of hunting.....turns out the owl did
> leave - just 10 minutes later than usual.
> >
> > Since my last update (1/5/18) Grey has roosted in the yard boxes all 33
> days, with majority of the days (23) in the backyard box.
> >
> > General observations:
> >
> > Grey Screech has been arriving to the owl box - before "first light,"
> and sunrise. Since Grey came back to the yard this season (Sept)I have not
> been able to observe her arrival into the box. It's been too dark to see,
> with no chance of getting pictures like I had with Red Jr. and the pair's
> interaction at dawn.
> >
> > Some days Grey Screech is out showing for much of the time. Often it
> coincides with catching some sunshine. Other days the yard birds are
> relentless and push Grey back into the box, and some days the yard birds
> don't fuss. I find it interesting when Grey just ignores them. Screech owls
> are stealth creatures, and there are days they don't show themselves until
> 2-5 minutes before evening departure.
> >
> > In the months since Red Jr's disappearance/demise :( Grey has changed
> her behavior. I will guess that the owl is in the box "extra early" to
> reinforce her territory/roost spot in the front and back yard. This is the
> third winter that Mrs. Grey has been roosting in the yard. When I had only
> one box standing, it was Red Jr. that got "bumped" out of the yard box by
> Grey - she took priority.
> >
> > When her mate/Red Jr was in the yard I was able to observe the pair
> interacting and got a series of photos of them together upon arrival and
> entering or changing boxes. The previous 2 winters I had been surprised at
> how much "one on one" interaction took place that I was able to observe at
> time they entered the box(s). This leads me to wonder if Mrs Grey is
> looking for a new mate? I hope so, since she was a bonded pair this time
> last season. I haven't heard any owl calls (except a pair of GHO's) since
> December, but that doesn't mean it's not taking place with closed-up
> windows/house.
> >
> > One other consideration is the occasional appearance of another Red
> Screech Owl. In last month's post I reported on this owl we call "Big Red."
> I've got a bunch of pictures posted on my Flickr' page showing her, and I'm
> 90% certain it's a female due to size and the fact that this owl doesn't
> appear to have anything to do with Grey. I've seen Big Red a total of 6
> times in the yard. Observed 3x when Grey and Red Jr were paired, and 3x
> just in November and December 2017. Have not spotted this owl since
> December, but it will be interesting to see if there is a change when it
> gets closer to Spring.
> >
> > While observing 2 departures this month - Grey exited like a bullet.
> I've watched these little owls exit the box 100's of times, but these 2
> times it was so fast i couldn't believe the bird could fly out that
> quickly. No clue where it flew to, it just seemed to go straight ahead.
> >
> > A couple of cool things to report:
> >
> > Backyard owl box status is ok for now, but it might need help in the
> future.
> > The backyard box's pole stands 6' since it's attached to a big, white
> pine tree stump that is 6' tall. I thought it would be a good idea to use
> the tree stump as a base when we lost the tree to Hurricane Sandy. Now,
> time has taken a toll with some insect infestation.
> >
> > But, with the insects we've had visits from (pair?) beautiful Pileated
> Woodpeckers. In mid-January I noticed that a WP had started work on the
> lower portion of the giant stump, and on the 24th I was home to see a
> magnificant male PWP creating a larger oval-shaped hole. Last week I was
> home to observe a female PWP working around the same area of the tree
> stump. Both birds were feasting on something good, but at least I got
> fantastic video/pictures/observation of this species for 20-30 minutes
> each! Grey was present in the box while the male WP was there- i wonder
> what the owl was thinking?
> >
> > *January 20th/dusk/exit time I watched Grey Screech successfully
> hunt/capture prey upon exiting the backyard owl box. That night I'd decided
> to take my digiscope to the back porch for a better chance to track the owl
> on departure. I got lucky, and was suprised when Grey flew out about 10
> yards onto the grass! I managed to get a minutes worth of video of her
> consuming the prey and then fly off. Grey was on the ground about 2 minutes
> total. The owl was on high alert between feeding on whatever small critter
> she had caught. I have a 2 part video of this unfolding. At one point the
> owl jumped backwards and raised up - looking down at the area where it was
> eating. Cautious, but quick actions.
> >
> > Below are links to updated pictures and videos.
> >
> > Good Birding,
> > Lisa Potash
> > Oakland
> >
> >
> > Part 1 Grey hunting/catching prey out of box
> >
> >
> > Part 2 Grey with prey/flying off
> >
> >
> > Grey in the woods
> >
> >
> > Video - male Pileated WP
> >
> >
> > video - female Pileated WP
> >
> >
> > comparison of 3 red screech owls
> >
> >
> > Grey
> >
> >
> >
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