Was down at the barn on Saturday and happened to see on the floor a big pile of bird poo...a big bird it looked like. Also saw some feathers on the floor too. I have seen this before, without the feathers and have looked but never saw the poo producer! Well.....today I was in luck, I looked up and saw this puffed up pile of feathers overhead. (by the way, that's an old hay rail in the top of the barn)
These first two shots were all I could get of him or her because the light was low and it was very overcast outside. I sent the pictures to a friend, Julie, who knows birds and she said it was a Red Phase Screech Owl. How cool!!!
These last two pictures were taken today with the Canon Rebel and the 70-300 lens and I climbed up in the hay loft of the barn. (do click on the pictures to enlarge them so you can see the owl better) I love having this little critter in the barn, haven't seen a mouse in a long, long time! There have been several times that I didn't get the slide top on the feed bin closed and when I saw it the next day I thought sure there would be mice in it. But no, not a mouse in sight!
Here is Hootie looking very sleepy...."Why are you bothering me, woman? Can't you see I'm sleeping?" Love the little "horns" on his head, feathers.
Hootie was gone for a couple of days, the weather had warmed a bit. He might have gone down to Kim's barn; she has a nest of bunnies that are digging holes all over the place and mice too. I hate to see animals get killed but that's the nature of things and just life and the owl has to eat too.
Julie tells me that birds are very sensitive to weather changes and there is a cold snap coming so Hootie is conserving energy and resting in the barn where he is protected. Red Phase owls also have a high body temp so they get cold faster than the Grey Phase owls, interesting!
I just hope that Hootie decides that our barn is a nice place to live and stays with us, such a beautiful little owl! Would love it if he would fly down and get closer so I could see him better.