That makes two barred owls to appear at local homes recently.
A barred owl found at a Swampscott home on Thursday was the second such owl to make an appearance at a local home in little more than a week. The latest bird did not survive but the Beach Bluff Avenue family who found him in their yard under a tree and the animal control officer who brought him to an animal hospital tried to save him. Thursday morning at about 7 Swampscott animal control officer Diane Treadwell was called to the Beach Bluff home, not far from Preston Beach. The owl was unable to stand and the residents had placed him in a box. Treadwell drove him to the Danvers Animal Hospital which has a vet who specializes in raptor care. The owl may have been stricken with a virus. He did not respond to medication and when his …
An owl visited a Millett Lane family's porch railing late last week.
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- Terry Date
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Fafel family had an interesting visitor last Friday. He didn;t stay for dinner and wasn't much of a conversationailst but was fascinating nonetheless. It was an owl. To our eye it looks like a barred owl. The owl took up residency on the Millett Lane home's porch railing and was kind enough to stand for a series of photographs and be fancied by numerous onlookers. Eventually, Steven Fafel got to see the owl fly away. According to Wingmasters, a New England nonprofit that teaches people about birds of prey, the barred owl has an impressive wingspan, 43 inches, which is especially long for such a light bird. They are known as silent flyers but call out in various ways — they bay like a hound, scream, shriek and whistle. Their best-…