One of my neighbors has 2 large Ramon trees in his yard. Ramons are very large, very thick limbed, and heavy with leaves and nut/seeds trees. He yearly has the trees ‘trimmed’; meaning he hires a couple guys with machetes and saws to climb the trees and thin them out. He does this in early hurricane season; presumably to help prevent breakage in case of extreme wind.
This year the ‘cutters’ took two very large trunks from high up and in the center of the tree. I believe one of these trunks had housed a barn owl. Why do I think this – Well, about the time all this cutting was going on (July 22) we suddenly spied a large barn owl in a tall tree in our yard. The owl looked to be in distress the first day I saw it, but now seems quite content and healthy.
We’ve been experiencing quite a bit of rain and quite gusty winds. Yesterday we were having a particularly gusty blow and I went to check on the owl, it was up there, just going with the flow, up – down – left – right… at one point it switched it’s position to be head on to the wind.
The owl is very attentive when we walk out, it watches us, especially the dog; who is just a bit to big to become a snack.