[Tweeters] Barred Owls in Woodland Park
Zuckerbond at comcast.net
Wed Jun 25 14:13:38 PDT 2008
Wednesday just before noon I was with my mom in Woodland Park, near the Zoo
in Seattle, and we watched a beautiful pair of Barred Owls for 20 minutes.
We were about 200 yards south and a little east of the dog park. She had
seen one of them earlier in the morning on a run, and when I heard that, I
decided I needed to see them. When we got there, we could see one sitting in
a tree eating a baby opossum. Then once we had scanned around some more, we
found the mate sitting 2 branches above. A few minutes later the higher one
dove down, grabbed the possum and flew a few trees away to eat it. Then they
kept sharing the possum by flying from tree to tree and limb to limb, either
giving the possum to the other one, or stealing it from each other. Also a
really neat thing the owls would do is find a mossy spot on a tree limb, and
rub their face along it, as if they were wiping off the dead possum goo!
Ira Zuckerman, 12 years old
Seattle, WA zuckerbond at comcast dot net
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