It has been there for at least a week. It has figured something out. I always see it on the doorknob, and not yet inside, so I'll bet it is nabbing the mice as they show up for the party. I got a picture tonight: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42718934. I was careful not to spotlight it too much. The cutest rodent control out there.
Jacob Mathison jacobmathison1.wixsite.com/nature-photography
On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 7:46 PM, Pamela Johnston <shovzan...> wrote:
> My movie reference would have to be Attack of the Giant Shrews, a real > stinker of a sci-fi story from the 50s. It involves radiation, of > course, which makes Shrews as big as German Shepherds, only with the > same need to consume several times their body weight per day. > AAAIEeeeeee! > > I think your owl is after the mice. Larger raptors would be after the > chickens, but by day. Think Cooper's. > > I need some nice little owls around here. The place is dominated by > Great-horned. We trap several mice per week on the battery of my Honda > Civic. There is something about Hondas that draws mice. > > Pamela Johnston > > On 2/7/18, Jacob Mathison <jacobmathison1...> wrote: > > No, I didn't actually cook a Saw-whet Owl... > > > > I was out at about 8:00 this evening going to shut our chickens in for > the > > night when a Saw-whet Owl took of from the doorknob of the chicken coop. > He > > stayed up in the oak tree beside the coop allowing for amazing views > with a > > flashlight. Normally I would think this was just a really really cool > > coincidence that he was perching on that handle, but this is the second > > time in a week that he has done that (the first time I almost fell down: > he > > almost bowled right into my face!). Here's the thing: there is a GIANT > > mouse population in that chicken coop (and I mean like twenty mice > > scattering when I open the door. I'm trying to think up some movie > > reference...). There is a space in the rafters where he could get in. So > > could he have realized that he could hunt mice in there? If so, he was > just > > sitting on the door in a food coma. That would be some great adaptive > > raptor behavior (yes, I know he isn't really a raptor raptor). Or did he > > just perch on the doorknob twice?... > > > > Jacob Mathison > > jacobmathison1.wixsite.com/nature-photography > > > > <http://jacobmathison1.wixsite.com/nature-photography> > > "If you keep a green tree in your heart, perhaps a singing bird will > > come." ~Chinese Proverb > > >