Owls on College Park

Agriculture and settlements have removed most of the valley oak trees. Due to this shortage of natural nesting sites, barn owls promptly took up residence in this nestbox built and installed in my garden by the UC Davis Raptor Center. It is patterned after one used in Malaysia. I don't think the owls feed on rats in Davis, but forage for rodents miles away in agricultural fields. Several broods a year are sometimes produced. I give the owl pellets found in my yard to schools.



photo by Howdy Howard, published in Saved by Bedbugs (2004)