[Tweeters] Re: Barred owl behavior (whitney.n.k@gmail.com)

Larry Schwitters leschwitters at me.com
Wed Oct 11 10:26:32 PDT 2017

Here’s a YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTLaxqmcYeY <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTLaxqmcYeY>

Larry Schwitters

> On Oct 11, 2017, at 10:12 AM, Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart at gmail.com> wrote:


> I've spent a good amount of time over the last 17 years watching Barred Owls, and was pleased to once see one cough up a pellet. Though I can't say I remember just how much what I saw looked like what you videoed, I seem to remember the head moving more forward than up. Though it is only a guess, my best guess is that your owl was trying to cough up a pellet, but didn't succeed on the tries that you witnessed. I will be happy to hear anyone else's thoughts on this.


> As some of you know, I have also lead many owl walks in Seattle, and though I haven't set up for the public lately, I will always lead for groups, or individuals on request.


> -Stewart Wechsler

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> Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:47:00 -0700

> From: whitney.n.k at gmail.com <mailto:whitney.n.k at gmail.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Barred owl behavior

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> Hi, Tweeters! Yesterday morning, Andy Jacobson and I were at Discovery Park and had the great fortune of encountering a Barred Owl. After about 5 minutes of us watching it, the owl began to open its mouth and bend its head backwards. Repeatedly. Andy caught this on video with his iPhone and scope (quick thinking!) which is here:


> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2rPGrhUdEck <https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2rPGrhUdEck>


> Does anyone know what this owl is doing? We kind of expected a pellet to come up, but we never saw one. Is it a food-in-crop manipulation to help with digestion? Or...?


> Thanks for your ideas,

> Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser

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