August 12, 2022:

Backyard “Snag Shots”:

When a good-sized tree dies in our woods, rather than having it cut down at ground level, we generally have it cut at a height of about 20 feet, transforming it into a “snag.”

These dead “snags” serve as a source of avian insect food, provide nesting sites for cavity nesters, and are convenient perches, particularly for hunting raptors.

On the evening of April 28, 2022, I observed and photographed Mama Barred Owl using one of these “snags” as she began hunting for dinner.

An American Robin harassed her, as she was perched on the top of the “snag,” prompting Mama Barred Owl to relocate nearby.

Here are a few of my favorite shots of this action.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

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