Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How to Spot an Owl

You look for whitewash (owl poop) and pellets (owl vomit) of course!

Like this:

There are at least a dozen pellets, in varying states of decay, and spots of whitewash in the above image. Recent rains have taken their toll on both the pellets and whitewash, with much of the whitewash washed away.

Here is a close up:

The black things are the pellets while the white spots are, you guessed it, whitewash.

The pellets are the bits of prey animals that the owls don't digest.

Fur and bones and teeth.

Obviously this stuff is found on the ground. So the way to look for owls is to wander about in the woods looking down. Once the whitewash and pellets are found, stop wandering and look up.

And you'll see this:

There are three Long-eared Owls up in the tree. Right in the center of the image.

Here's another view, from a slightly different angle.

This where I usually suggest you click on the picture to bigafy it, enlarging and bringing out detail in the image. Alas that is not of much use here, these owls know how to hide.

Ok, can you see them now?

All three are visible in the above image. (Clicking to bigafy may help here.)

And surely you see this one:


The title of this post was stolen from Pat and Clay Sutton, who wrote a book of the same name, now sadly out of print.

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