A strange morning this morning. We have 2 resident Barred Owl chicks and they were calling for their parents early this morning.
I went out to take some pictures and a short time later I heard a big racket as up to 50 crows flew in and started harassing one of the adults. We never see crows here (perhaps due to the nesting ravens) so this was very unusual. They were swarming the owl and being very aggressive. I shouted and clapped my hand and they all flew off to a neighbouring tree.
Minutes later I looked up and a Turkey Vulture came in and was circling in the yard. Everything went very quiet while it flew around but as soon as it left the crows were back at the owl. I scared them off once more and fortunately this time they left.
UPDATE ON YESTERDAY’S FOREST FIRE POST: The fire continues to burn and has spread from 35 to 65 hectares today (90 to 160 acres). Fortunately the wind is still blowing away from us and BC Forestry is attacking the fire more aggressively. They are hoping to contain it within a series of logging roads in the area so here’s hoping!