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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Got Owls?

Got Owls? Kinda reminds me of the old milk commercial, "Got Milk?", where someone is eating a chocolate chip cookie, or the like, and desperately needs the perfect accompaniment — milk. Well our property list, impressive though it is (for inland NH), could really use some owls. You'd think our property would be loaded with owls. After all, we have large open fields that harbor voles, owls' favorite cuisine.

We have seen Barred Owls here, and, of all things, a Barn Owl, quite a rarity in these parts. One showed up in October on two separate years, and proceeded, each time, to call for about a week.

But what about Great Horned Owl, so ubiquitous elsewhere? How could we be missing that, we listen often at night? Or, how about a little Northern Saw-whet Owl? We know a friend across town has some in his woods. Or what about a Long-eared Owl? An acquaintance claims to have seen them in these parts, years ago.

So, while our list grows with interesting new birds, it still remains rather owl-less. We are hopeful.

Got Owls? If you do, please send them our way.

Photo © Lillian Stokes, 2006

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