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Barred Owl eating a rat in downtown Providence

Amazingly, there’s been wild Barred Owl downtown this month preying on rats and pigeons. It’s great to see this beautiful raptor hunting successfully in the urban environment.

Barred Owls are usually found in woodlands and suburbs, but have been moving into cities now too. Why hunt a songbird through the dense trees when there are hundreds of pigeons and rats to eat in the city? (Barred owl makes successful kill in downtown Vancouver). But intruders do have to watch out for the resident Peregrine Falcons. I did once find the entire tail section of a Barred Owl below the nest box of the falcons.

Please never use rat poison – Raptors Are The Solution (RATS). If a raptor eats a poisoned rat, the bird will die too. Here are some alternatives to poison:
https://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/preferred-pest-control-products/

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© 2018 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2018 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2018 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
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A few days later, the owl was still downtown and consuming a pigeon at dusk…

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December 5th, 10pm: He was downtown near Kennedy Plaza hunting rats – successfully. Amazing to witness.

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If Barred Owls eat at least 3 rodents per night, then this handsome guy may have removed 100 rats and mice from our city this past month.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted 11.13.18 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    You go, owl! Fantastic shots!

    • Peter Green
      Posted 11.13.18 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Erika

  2. Lisa
    Posted 11.20.18 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi Peter! Incredible pictures of the barred owl!!
    I am so glad it decided to check out the scene downtown. No visible bird bands?

    • Peter Green
      Posted 11.20.18 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      It’s really unbelievable. Seems like a young owl. Haven’t seen bands but haven’t really seen the feet much either.

  3. Tracey Hall
    Posted 11.20.18 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Wow!! Amazing photos Peter!

  4. Chris Clarendon
    Posted 11.20.18 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Will we hear calls come February? Could Providence support a breeding pair?

    • Peter Green
      Posted 11.20.18 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      You never know, I’m continually surprised… but the owl already had a scuffle with a Cooper’s Hawk and it would certainly need to watch out for the Peregrine Falcons. Hopefully the owl can find a safer place to call its own.

  5. Posted 11.20.18 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Stunning photos! This beautiful bird is not only successfully feeding himself, he’s also decreasing the population of, um, less desirable animals!

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