This kind of snowfall is particularly hard on Barred Owls because they can't dive deep enough to catch a mouse underneath even if they can hear it clearly through a foot-plus of snow. It will get worse, too, as this snow packs down on itself and gets really impenetrable. I remember one very snowy winter that went on and on and on some years ago when there were barred owls everywhere sitting out on fenceposts and lower tree branches during the daylight hours, until they were so weak from hunger, they couldn't manage a pounce anyway, and they were falling off dead. Horrible to see, but what can you do?
On Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:36:36 -0500, Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...> wrote: > Large and beautiful barred owl surveying my yard an hour ago. Very rare > here! No Flickr account. I never see people sending pics on vtbird, just > links, so won't unless advised it's okay to do so.