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Mystery Photo

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Snowy Owls have begun appearing in New England in search of food, giving us the relatively rare opportunity to observe their natural behavior.  Do you know what this Snowy Owl is doing?  Please click on “Comments” underneath this post on my blog to respond.

68 responses

  1. Terry Gavin

    cleaning its bill?

    December 6, 2017 at 8:50 am

  2. Terry F.

    Scraping insects from the grass.

    December 6, 2017 at 8:52 am

  3. Enjoying the innards of a rodent meal?

    December 6, 2017 at 8:53 am

  4. Melinda MEYERHOFF

    looks like it might be regurgitating grasss, using its feet to pull it out.

    December 6, 2017 at 8:53 am

  5. Rachael Cohen

    Picking baby mice (or other rodent babies) from a grass nest.

    December 6, 2017 at 8:55 am

    • I like Rachael’s answer. The grass to the right isn’t the same colour as the other grass and seems like a round ball … i.e. nest. I sorta hope we’re wrong. lol

      December 6, 2017 at 9:29 am

  6. nelsondonnal

    Upchucking a bolus of bones and fur

    December 6, 2017 at 9:01 am

  7. Flossing between its toes? 😃

    December 6, 2017 at 9:01 am

    • Peter Hollinger

      My guess too.

      December 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

  8. Suzanne

    Cleaning between its talons.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:05 am

  9. Robin Worn

    Eating grass, and holding it in order to beak off small pieces.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:05 am

  10. Philip Hamilton

    Flossing!

    December 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

    • Mary E Quinn

      Always once a day, Philip!

      December 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm

  11. Dorian Gossy

    Looks like a nesting thing—can’t you build almost anything with spit & plant shreds? The owl looks pretty pleased by whatever it’s doing, & it’s feeling safe enough to close its eyes & relax body & feathers.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

  12. Margaret Fowle

    Sharpening or cleaning its beak with grass?

    December 6, 2017 at 9:14 am

  13. David Thomas-Train

    Flossing.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:16 am

    • Damn I was gonna say that ! lol

      December 6, 2017 at 9:28 am

  14. dp

    Eating ramen?

    December 6, 2017 at 9:16 am

  15. Cindy

    Trying to separate a rodent from the grass it was hiding in.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

  16. Suzanne Weinberg

    Does look grassy, but I’m guessing pulling entrails out of a fresh kill.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

  17. Clyde Jenne

    I believe he/she is regurgitating bones etc.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

  18. Kim

    Hope you’re going to tell us 😉

    December 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

  19. Margaret B Towle

    producing an “owl pellet”

    December 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

  20. Marilyn

    Looks like grass. Can’t be flossing its teerh. Maybe cleaning its toes?

    December 6, 2017 at 9:31 am

  21. Lucy Hull

    It looks like it is cleaning the inside of its beak with dried grasses.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

  22. J. F.

    Flossing?

    December 6, 2017 at 9:35 am

  23. Using grass fibers for some purpose……

    December 6, 2017 at 9:43 am

  24. trish reif

    flossing his beak

    December 6, 2017 at 9:49 am

  25. Sue Wetmore

    Brushing his beak!?!

    December 6, 2017 at 9:54 am

  26. Bill On The Hill...

    Cleaning up after a tasty mouse lunch…:)
    BF…

    December 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

  27. Kathy

    Regurgitating it’s owl pellet (bones, etc.)

    December 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

  28. it looks like a young owl, I am saying that this owl is using this grass to regurgitate an pellet.

    December 6, 2017 at 10:10 am

  29. Leah

    Grass macrame? 😉

    December 6, 2017 at 10:26 am

  30. molli d. wallis

    A zen owl deep in meditation.

    December 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

  31. Carl

    Trying to become a vegetarian?

    December 6, 2017 at 10:40 am

  32. Alice Pratt

    Writing my comment before reading others’….”cleaning between it’s toes with grass?”

    December 6, 2017 at 10:57 am

  33. Judy

    Cleaning his Talons?

    December 6, 2017 at 10:59 am

  34. Lisa

    The third graders at Cornwall School think it might be the owl coughing up an owl pellet.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

  35. Sue Taylor

    Looks like a tasty bit of intestine to me.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:04 am

  36. Marty Harris

    Flossing her teeth!

    December 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

  37. Susan Colten

    regurgitating

    December 6, 2017 at 11:08 am

  38. Virginia Cazort

    Using a tool.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:09 am

  39. Virginia Cazort

    Well, it is using a tool, the grass stalk, and it is impossible to know its intent. What is interesting is that it is using a tool, as I said.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:11 am

  40. Alice Pratt

    Online you can find some wonderful Snowy Owl photos by Greg Lessard!

    December 6, 2017 at 11:16 am

  41. danielle barshak

    Flossing! Getting the guck out of its claw feathers.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:20 am

  42. Stallworth Larson

    Definitely flossing, maybe its teeth!

    December 6, 2017 at 11:20 am

  43. Nature Nut

    They’re exquisite. Enjoy them!

    December 6, 2017 at 11:28 am

  44. Eating a pinky? (Baby mouse)

    December 6, 2017 at 11:35 am

  45. Sally

    Flossing her beak.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:43 am

  46. Sue Jukosky

    weaving something

    December 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

  47. Wendy wilson

    Regurgitating a pellet of bones,fur and things which it cannot digest.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

  48. It sure *looks* like she’s “flossing” her beak! I’m definitely prepared to find out I’m wrong on that one.

    December 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm

  49. Christopher Holland

    >

    December 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

  50. Stacey Chilcoat

    Pulling the grass away from the meat it has trapped under its foot!

    December 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

  51. Kathy Schillemat

    Cleaning its talons? Just a guess, really.

    December 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm

  52. Carole Hohl

    Regurgitating a pellet

    December 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm

  53. grace munakata

    regurgitating pellet?

    December 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  54. Michele

    Knitting.

    December 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm

  55. This female is gathering nesting material.

    December 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm

  56. Jean Harrison

    Sucking an entrail up fastidiously so as not to soil her mustache.

    December 6, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    • Kim

      Jean from BFDR, by any chance?

      December 7, 2017 at 2:35 am

  57. Susan Fraser

    It looks like something pink in the beak, perhaps an infant mouse. And do I see more in the nest in the owl’s talons?

    December 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm

  58. I’m thinking it’s coughing up a pellet, which is on it’s way out along with some stringy, ingested grasses? … (Love the guesses here, from flossing to eating ramen!!)

    December 7, 2017 at 10:45 am

    • Nancy

      Flossing??

      December 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

  59. Karen

    flossing !

    December 7, 2017 at 4:17 pm

  60. ferranto

    thats a big owl

    December 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

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