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Saga of the Raven: Part Five

No gifts yet today. I set out some colorful glass jewels for the raven.

Yesterday he left me the meat part of a burger. The day before that I received a chunk of cooked chicken breast.

In researching owls, I could find no mention of the weird sounds being made by what I thought was a great horned owl. I assumed it was a great horned owl because that’s the species I’ve been mostly seeing (we had barn owls in the neighborhood a long time ago) — and it eventually lapsed into the who-hooing sound I was familiar with. According to my research, the owls that live in this area and make weird sounds like I heard are the elf owl, barred owl, spotted owl and short-eared owl. If I had been able to see the owl, knowing its size might have helped in identification. Hopefully, it will return and I’ll be able to see it.

5 thoughts on “Saga of the Raven: Part Five

  1. Barn owls make a horrendous screeching, too. They’re still pretty common in your area, but are usually hard to spot. The worst noise is when a rabbit is wounded. You’ll think you’re in a slasher flick.

  2. You have some great birds showing up at your house. I have large water fowl that visit out back yard. I think they’re attracted to lake hammock directly behind us. The back yard is like a a wild zoo sometimes. A wood stork slept under out tree. Iguanas with with attitudes, hunting blue herons, mischievous jays, squirrels scampering along the tree limb highways… it’s a gas back there! Sounds like it’s real gas in your yard too!
    I hope you get to train the generous and forgiving raven.
    Photos would be nice. (%

  3. I’m guessing that horrible sound you heard was not an owl, but a victim of an owl or coyote. A caught animal dying is a very horrible sound to hear. Squirrels and rabbits are really terrible. I know from experience.

  4. Crows and corvids make some very strange sounds, clicks and gonging and such, but I’ve never heard one screech like that. You might have a red tail hawk around, which the crows will chase away if they can.

  5. I’m thinking (thanks to Linda and my brother Bob) that the owl might have had a squirrel or rabbit (most likely a squirrel — we’ve got loads of them). Owls consume everything, then poop out the fur and bones later, which could be why there were no fur or feathers on the ground below the tree.

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