The Barn Owl (Tyto alba), population continues to do very well at Jamaica Bay thanks to nest boxes, that are installed on many of the remote islands around the bay by volunteers and coordinated by the American Littoral Society with cooperation of NYC Department of of Environmental Conservation and Gateway National Park Service. I have been involved in several banding and nest box maintenance whenever I have the time to assist. Did you know that Barn Owl feeds primarily on small vertebrates, particularly rodents? Studies have shown, that an individual Barn Owl may eat one or more rodents per night; a nesting pair and their young can eat more than 1,000 rodents per year. Given its eating habits, who would not love to have Barn Owls in their neighborhood?
|Barn Owl Team back in 2009.|
We love our Barn Owls at Jamaica Bay, so last year, when word got to me that the the Big John's box was invaded by Racoons, I sprung into action. After several e-mails, prodding and basically nagging to get in and do the repairs (it took awhile), a few of us including (Lloyd Spitalnk and Harry Mass of New York City Audubon) got together to fix the box sans NPS.
|Owlets - 3 of them observed on Friday 6-13-2014.|
|Peek -a-boo with an Adult Barn Owl.|
|Hello There - Adult Barn Owl.|
|Adult Barn Owl Investigating.|
Tags: Throw Back Thursday, Barn Owl, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Big John's Pond, Queens