[Tweeters] Owl jumping around on the ground

Dan Reiff, PhD notcalm at comcast.net
Sun Nov 10 11:36:39 PST 2013


Hello Rob,
Great report.
I have observed Barred owls hunting and consuming frogs on several occasions. However, I have not been able to identify the species of frogs, so do not know if they reject Red-legged.

Dan Reiff
Mercer Island

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On Nov 10, 2013, at 8:56 AM, "Rob Sandelin" <nwnature1 at gmail.com> wrote:


> Late afternoon in the deep shadows I saw movement in the woods and took a

> bit of a round about detour to sneak up on whatever it was. Turning out to

> be a Barred Owl perched on the ground. It was very actively moving its head

> back and forth and then it sort of hop flew jumped sideways about 2 foot,

> then hopped again, and then a third time. It moved in a straight line and

> appeared to be playing hopscotch. Then I saw a movement on the ground and

> realized the owl was after a red-legged frog which the owl nailed with its

> next hop. To my surprise the owl picked up the frog and flew right at me,

> landing on a cedar branch not much over my head. Since direct vertical

> viewing was uncomfortable I moved back a few step, expecting the owl to

> fly away. Instead it studied me with great interest, ignoring the morsel in

> its talons. They have this humorous maneuver where they bob their head in a

> circular motion. It looks really goofy and I think the owl took offense as I

> laughed out loud and so it flew away. However it left the frog hanging off

> the branch.

>

> I just checked the branch this morning and the frog had fallen down and had

> its stomach eaten by what looks like mice or rats. So from a Barred owl

> point of view, frogs are fun to catch but not to eat?

>

> Rob Sandelin

> Naturalist, Writer, Teacher

> Snohomish County

>

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