[Tweeters] Barred Owl hunting earthworms, Seattle

Robert O'Brien baro at pdx.edu
Thu Jan 18 14:00:32 PST 2018

This reminds me of an incident many years ago just at dusk. A great horned
owl was on the ground in my neighbor's rural driveway. It was more or less
running around catching multiple items. I don't think they were worms
because the driveway would be too hard packed for them to come up. But it
was certainly some type of invertebrate.
Unless it had some sort of small rodent and was playing with it in a cat
like fashion

I have seen kestrels sitting on wires eating nightcrawlers during the day.

Bob O'Brien Portland

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Hubbell <ldhubbell at comcast.net> wrote:

> Rachel,


> About a year and half ago, in late Spring of early Summer, Penny Bolton

led a bird walk in the Arboretum. It was starting to get dark and the rain
was a drizzling mist. The young barred owls had fledged but apparently not
yet learned to hunt for themselves. While we watched, the adult BAOWs
pulled up earthworms, just as you described, and then took them to the
young. As the moisture brought the worms to the surface the process was
repeated over and over. Their cons,option of worms reminded me of small
children slurping spaghetti.


> Larry Hubbell

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