Wednesday, September 1, 2010

OWL--SCAT-!!! Hoot, Barn, and Waffle House Opossum!




This Owl keeps a lot of hard to discipline children Owls-- she the HOOT NANNY!!!!

  A breeding eagle owl perches next to a rock is has marked with its white feces. Photo Courtesy of Vincenzo Penteriani

In what’s likely an effort to mark their territory, eagle owls have come up with their own “No Trespassing” signage: squirting feces and piling feathers in strategic places near their nests. Researchers Vincenzo Penteriani and Maria del Mar Delgado of Spain’s Estación Biológica de Doñana monitored 20 sites inhabited by the large European bird during its pre-egg laying and nesting stages. They found that in areas close to home, breeding owls preferentially “paint” large, dark rock faces and other prominent structures with their white feces. They also choose similar sites to pile feathers plucked from prey with bright, visible plumage, such as azure-winged magpies and little egrets. In past studies the scientists showed that eagle owls—which are known for their aggressiveness—also communicate vocally to warn off intruders. But poop and feather piles are a more enduring signal. “They leave a message [that says], ‘I’m not here, but this is my territory,’ ” says Penteriani. “It’s like private property.” (For more photos of eagle owls and their creations, click here.)—Julie Leibach, from Audubon magazine



I SAW A DIFFERENT TYPE OF OWL--IT  LOOKED  CLOSER TO A BARN OWL, ALMOST LIKE A SNOWY OWL BUT HE HAD LIGHT BROWN FEATHERS, AND HIS FACE HAD WHITER FEATHERS AND THEY COVERED HIS WHOLE FACE, AND WERE EVEN RUFFLED AROUND HIS EYES.WASN'T WHITE! BEAUTIFUL ROUND EYES AND THEY BLENDED IN MORE THAT THIS ONE PICTURED DOES. It had a much rounder face, very small ears, and it's wingspan was PROB 3-4 ft tops,  and it stood about 2 1/2 feet tall! Big Bird--could easily carry off a Kitten , baby Opossum, and probably something bigger!
 
I sent my wife out with some Bologna tied to her head, telling her I was trying to catch a wild rare Parakeet! She didn't buy it-- but Hope-  Our Lab wore it well!!!!! But we didn't get any bites, or flyovers!


Mine had more brown on it but the shape and eyes are right, but where are it's friggin ears?!



Pics that Doo-Doo clean don't it! I guess that's why you don't see a lot of rolls of Itty Bitty Charmin in the woods. Or maybe the bears use it all up.

The absence of hair bothered me but it could have been a Health Owl- eating only hairless- skinless Mice.
Doo-Doo not get fooled by Imitation Scat Above--as a trained Professional, and living off it for weeks at a time, I don't get fooled much anymore. I did eat an almost whole bag of stale marshmelloes once! I thought they was real clean D-Scat!
Then I saw the Hersey Bar wrappers!
This Styrofoam they put out to keep you away from their nesting sites- looks real from a distance! But my trained eye spotted it- 


I always say- "If the Turd Floats"...



that's it..there's nothing more. 
I just always say it.

"If the Turd Floats"...try it. Works in about 75.8 % of the cases I've used it in!


Think Atlanta will win the division? "If the turd floats!" People just nod knowingly in agreement!


see that owl above: Don't LOOK Right at Her- sheesh!!!!

 THIS IS  THE OWL THAT I TOOK ON A  SEEING OWL DATE  ONE TIME ....WELL TECHNICALLY IT WASN'T A BLIND DATE..--- AND THIS PIG-OWL,

ATE ALL THIS AT ONCE! AND IT WASN'T EVEN A BUFFET!
The following table gives the results of the laboratory pellet
analyses:
TABLE 1. Food Remains Found in Twenty-one Nest Pellets of the
Barn Owl Collected on Cape Romain Migratory Bird Refuge near
McClellanville, South Carolina, November 30, 1936.
Pellet No. Food Items
1 rice rat
1 seaside sparrow
1 rice rat
Pellet No. Food Items
1 rice rat
1 seaside sparrow
1 virginia rail
1 rice rat
1 meadow moose
1 seaside sparrow
1 seaside sparrow
1 undetermined bird
size of clapper rail
1 undetermined bird,
probably a rail
1 rice rat
2 rice rats
10 1 undetermined bird
about the size of a
clapper rail
11 3 rice rats
12 1 meadow moose
13 3 rice rats
14 1 meadow moose
1 rice rat
15 1 seaside sparrow
16 1 meadow moose
1.7 1 meadow moose
18 2 rice rats
19 1 meadow moose
20 1 rice rat
1 undetermined rodent
21 1 meadow mouse
If each pellet represents the indigestible residue of a single meal,
it will be noted that for the 21 meals, 17 rice rats, 7 meadow mice, 1
undetermined rodent, 3 birds presumably Clapper Rails, 1 Virginia
Rail, and 5 Seaside Sparrows were consumed. Special reference
should be made to the occurrence of meadow mice (Jficrotus penrzsylvanzkus)
as standard manuals on mammalogy do not record this species
along the coast south of northern North Carolina.
BIOLOGICAL SURVEY,
WASHINGTON, D. C.


I HAD TO HAVE IT ANALYZED TO MAKE SURE THEY CHARGED ME RIGHT--AND DANGED IF HE DIDN'T TRY TO SLIP 2 EXTRA:   Meadow Mice (Jficrotus Penrzsylvanzkus), AND THEY WERE 6.50 EACH!


SO I GOT PISSED: LET OUT A SCREECH..... AND I LEFT!

I went to the Awful Waffle, ( looked to see if they had -OWL--they didn't), and had some Green Eggs and Ham, with an Old Buddy named Sam.! We got to talking bout family, and I finally said- Hey--did that Cat in the Hat Ever Come Back......there was a stony silence- so I just chalked it up to the Grinch in him, and let it slide.



Sam, I told her to scat, and never come back. And she said she was going to call Horton- a BIG friend of hers, you ever heered of a Horton in these parts?? I mean How BIG can he be? Like that was supposed to scare me--and she said, if Nothing else- HORTON HERE'S A WHO!!!!! And will come to that Owl. I said the Owl is a Deaf-Mute and only signs, and it can't read Beaks. It does understand a little tapping FROM THE WOOD PEKKERS! So how will This Mr Big Shot Horton find me?

So I paid my Tab- left a tip--- "Don't bet on any 3 legged horses", and left! Decided to go left, and follow the first sign I came too-

WHOOVILLE- 7 MILES!