[CT Birds] Though owls are generally not reported...

Jamie Meyers ctredbird2 at comcast.net
Thu Nov 29 16:26:56 EST 2012

Perhaps directly related to this seemingly odd occurrence, I read a post on Massbird today suggesting that birds of prey might have a hard go of it this winter due to the rodent crash that followed the acorn failure of 2011.  My experience is that the acorn crop wasn't that good this year but I think others might differ,  Anyway, the gist of the post is that birds of prey are already having trouble finding food due to the relative lack of rodents.  Hence you might see something like a Barred Owl, which is generally a deep timber specialist, moving into the big city to look for prey.  You may also see them hunting during the day more than usual.  

Remember please that life is tough enough for these guys and they should not be harassed when encountered.

Jamie Meyers
Canton, CT

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Aronson <markaronson at gmail.com>
To: birdlist <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:08:25 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: [CT Birds] Though owls are generally not reported...

>From Mark Aronson-  a Barred Owl has been haunting Chapel street, down town New Haven, in a tree outside the deli today, crowds around in broad daylight.  

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