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Thur Oct 12 2006

While we lived in this neighborhood up until the summer of 2002 we regularly heard, and occasionally saw, GREAT HORNED OWLs.  In the summer of 2002 West Nile Virus swept through the region, headed westward.  After that, no more owls.  Whether there was a cause-and-effect relation I don't know, but I think there was.  There certainly was one between WNV and the local crows and jays, to their detriment.  Why we haven't heard or seen the owls for four years I don't know either.

Anyway, twice within the last week we've heard Great Horns hooting nearby.  This morning it was during the 3 a.m. hour.  There's a cemetery adjacent to the subdivision with mature hardwoods that the owls have favored, and once we saw two birds in the neighborhood, perched on a rooftop.

Mike Thelen
St. Louis County, MO
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