East side vs West side Owls

Most books indicate that the territory of a pair of Barred Owls extends over an area about 1 mile across. The work done by Rob Bierregaard with the urban Barred Owls in Charlotte, NC, indicates those requirements are for country owls, not city owls. The roosting sites (and, hopefully, nesting sites) of the two pairs of Barred Owls at Bond Park are 2300 feet apart (less than 1/2 mile), as the owl flies.

I found more pellets both from the East side owls and the West side owls. The West side owls continue to feast on small mammals and crayfish. The East side owls do the same with the addition of birds. I found evidence of a fresh kill (Dark-eyed Junco) within site of the skinny pine roost, and a recent pellet (see photo) shows remains of a small bird, probably an Eastern Bluebird. But birds seem to be the exception rather than the rule for these owls. And they eat rather small things, nothing as large as a rabbit, for instance. At least so far. We’ll see how it goes. Of course, these owls can become agressive during brooding, and it may be unwise for me to get too close to their roost/nest sites for a while.

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I love birding! And I live near Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC.
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