I'd went out to Storr's Lake Wildlife Area to look for cavities that might host roosting owls or possible nest sites. I looked up and, "OH! Is that a Screech Owl?"
Drat, just snow on recessed bark.
This cavity at Storr's Lake reminds me a great deal of the cavity that is often used by the Great Horned Owl pair in the NYBG. I'm thinking, I'll go and check it out at fly out time and see if it's inhabited. I particularly like the lid on the top with the snow cap. I can't help but wonder if that "roof" is a coincidence or whether it's a man created add to make the cavity more habitable.
Speaking of the NYBG, here's an update from Pat Gonzalez, who focuses on the fauna of the New York Botanical Garden--
Today's wildlife adventure began shortly before entering the Conservatory. I noticed what appeared to be feathers on the ground in front of a tree just off Perennial Garden Way. When I got closer to it, that was when I noticed the ear. And the head it was attached to. Apparently, it was a rabbit that got way to close to some predator. All that was left was the head, a few bones and lots of fur. Perhaps it was the victim of one of the great-horned owls? I've decided not to share the photo I took as it is a bit gruesome. But if anyone wants to see it, please let me know and I'll e-mail it to you.
I went inside the Conservatory and took photos for about an hour. I walked around a bit, taking some photos of the Stone Mill and the surrounding area. Here are some of my pics.
Later, I was near the visitor center when a large red-tail few overhead. It has a very distinctive red tail which led me to believe that it was either Rose or Vince. Then right before I left, another one flew over me while I was walking the Library grounds. I managed to get one shot of it further down. I've attached it to this e-mail. As you can see, it is holding on to what appears to be a small bird.
I now want to take this time to share a story I call A Bronx Red-Tail. I submitted it to The NYBG who have published it on their blog. I hope you all enjoy it.