Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Barred Owls

Two Barred Owls hooted at Erika and me as we left the Cannon River Wilderness Park last Saturday. The second owl, perhaps on a nest, roosted in Northfield on Tuesday. I have previously posted on this species.

Barred Owls consume most anything that comes their way in the vicinity of their territories. They take small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and even fish and invertebrates. Mammals, especially in the winter, consist of over half the diet (46-97%). Birds only make up about 6% of their prey (Mazur and James 2000).

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