As I walked up the path to Longwood Garden’s Peirce–du Pont House, I noticed a group of visitors looking into a wooded area as six large crows screamed violently overhead. They were attacking an owl tucked safely among the tree branches. Thanks to the guidance of a patient visitor, I was finally able to see it and take this photo. Several visitors mentioned seeing the owl over the next week.
But now the downside. Belin, the resident house cat, had a puncture wound on his neck that had been shaved and treated by a vet. Owls, I learned by a Google search, will attack cats for food, but are only able to carry off kittens. Adult cats, especially over-sized cats like Belin, are too heavy.
I think I know what happened. I hope the owl is still healthy but wiser from the experience. Belin’s good nature only extends to people. Life is tough for owls, too.