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

Stewart Wechsler ecostewart at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 14:27:38 PDT 2017

Thanks for the pellet coughing video Larry!

At times I see smaller "lesser pellets" in the same place as the standard
cat fur-ball sized ones under owl roosts. I'm still just guessing that the
owl in the original video posted by Whitney was an attempt to cough up a
pellet, but now I am amending that to suspect that there was a "lesser
pellet" that the owl she videoed was trying to cough up, but had failed in
the tries she saw. I'll still be interested in any additional opinions.


On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 10:26 AM, Larry Schwitters <leschwitters at me.com>

> Here’s a YouTube.


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


> Larry Schwitters

> Issaquah


> 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

> www.stewardshipadventures.com

> 206 932-7225 <(206)%20932-7225> (currently only land line)





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

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

>> Subject: [Tweeters] Barred owl behavior

>> To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

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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


>> 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

>> Seattle***************************************



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