Date: 7/11/19 10:46 am
From: Dan Kaiser <dhkaiser...>
Subject: Re: [IN-BIRD-L] Barred Owl behavior

We observed similar behavior back in 2008, see photos...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhkaiser/535842020

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhkaiser/184888279

Dan



On Thu, 11 Jul 2019 04:58:32 +0000 (UTC), you wrote:

> If the barred owls you have been watching are juveniles, it makes sense that they would be going after cicadas.  Their hunting skills are just beginning to develop and cicadas are easy and will fill them up.  Young kestrels do the same thing with grasshoppers which are starting to be plentiful about the time they fledge.  It will be exciting the first time you see them have the confidence to go after a mouse or catch a bunny! What a cool thing to be privileged to witness!  Please keep reporting!  And if anyone gets into trouble - hit by car, etc - let us know!  812-988-8990.  We can help them out!
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>Best regards -
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>Patti ReynoldsIndiana Raptor Center Inc
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> On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 9:44:47 PM EDT, Matt Williams <mwilliams...> wrote:
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>At our house near Crawfordsville, we’ve had up to three Barred Owls that have been pretty reliable every evening for the last week.  I think at least two of them are juveniles based on their behavior and vocalizations (very similar to the “immature begging call” track on the Audubon app).  It has been a lot of fun to watch their behavior up close.  They spend a lot of time perched in the ash tree outside our living room window flying down to the ground and catching prey.  At first we thought they were catching small toads, but in some of the photos I’ve taken, it looks like they are feeding mostly on cicada nymphs just as they are emerging from the ground.  I looked online and there have been other reports of Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls feeding on cicadas.  It just seems like kind of a small prey item for such a big bird, but we’ve seen two of the birds catch as many as 15 cicadas in the evening before it gets too dark to see.  We’ve also watched them make unsuccessful
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>We also saw a hen turkey with young came through the yard the other evening.  Her group of young wandered over near the edge of the woods where one of the Barred Owls was watching.  When the hen spotted the owl above her, she flew up directly at the owl and made it retreat across the yard.   I assume she was making sure the owl didn’t get any ideas about trying to grab her chicks!
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>I posted a couple of photos of the owls here: https://www.mattwilliamsnaturephotography.com/Recent-Photos/
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>The first photo is of two of the owls together, and the second photo is of one of the birds on the ground with what I think is a cicada nymph. 
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>Matt Williams   
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