Date: 2/8/18 11:27 am
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Owl in the Box Update
JBers,
I mistakenly hit “reply all” to the post- sorry!
Lisa

On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 2:20 PM Lisa Potash <lisapotash6...> wrote:

> Rose
> Glad you like them, and I appreciate the kind words!
> Lisa
>
> 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
>> >
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506@N07/40107564202/in/dateposted-public/
>> >
>> > Part 2 Grey with prey/flying off
>> >
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506@N07/25254654307/in/dateposted-public/
>> >
>> > Grey in the woods
>> >
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506@N07/40111229121/in/dateposted-public/
>> >
>> > Video - male Pileated WP
>> >
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506@N07/40078217872/in/dateposted-public/
>> >
>> > video - female Pileated WP
>> >
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506@N07/40078191612/in/dateposted-public/
>> >
>> > comparison of 3 red screech owls
>> >
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506@N07/40110589711/in/dateposted-public/
>> >
>> > Grey
>> >
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506@N07/26236965268/in/dateposted-public/
>> >
>> >
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>>
>> --
> Lisa
>
--
Lisa


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