Who would shoot and kill an owl in Walnut Creek open space?


Who would shoot and kill an owl in Walnut Creek open space?Who would shoot and kill an owl in Walnut Creek open space. PUBLISHED: October 30, 2017 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: October 30, 2017 at 7:06 am. DEAR JOAN: We had a lovely owl who lived in the nesting box behind one of the homes next to the South Walnut Creek Open Space. Recently, it was shot and killed at night when no one could see who did it. So sad. This is a reminder for neighbors to be on the alert for people with pellet guns who are out for some fun. If you see anyone like this, tell them to stop shooting at the wildlife. Our wildlife members, which include our birds, are so important to all of us. We did alert Lindsey Wildlife Experience and the Walnut Creek police, but there was nothing they could do because we had no evidence as to who might have done this cowardly act. We ve been told that all owls are protected by state and federal regulations. It is illegal to kill or capture an owl. Penalties for violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act can reach $15,000 and six months imprisonment for common violations. Anne Randall, Walnut Creek. DEAR ANNE: That makes me so sad, and angry.

Owls are wonderful creatures and they do a great job of keeping the rodent population down. We, however, find ways to make their lives miserable by poisoning rodents and taking potshots out them with pellet guns. They are not game birds, so hunting never is in season, and yes, they are protected by state and federal laws. If anyone has any information on who did this, please report it to authorities.

Pet news, photos and more delivered to your inbox. Sign up now for the Pet Pal Connection newsletter. DEAR JOAN: We have two hummingbird feeders. From our sitting area we can watch both feeders and the activities that surround them. Last year we noticed for the first time a praying mantis clinging to the side of the bottle, with this occurring several times since. This past weekend we watched as another mantis was on the bottle, with a hummer trying to approach for some juice.

The hummer tried to land on the opposite side of the mantis, and as soon as he did the mantis started moving over to where the hummer landed, and the little bird quickly backed off. We watched this repeat for several minutes until the hummer just gave up and took off. Related Articles. The article said hummingbirds are the most common target, but mantids also went after warblers, sunbirds, honeyeaters, flycatchers, vireos and European robins. Needless to say, we now keep a stick handy so anytime we see a mantis on the feeder, it is promptly removed. Have you ever witnessed this. DEAR BOB-N-MAUR: I ve read reports and seen photos, but I ve never witnessed it in person. Fortunately, attacks are extremely rare. Researchers say that a mantid would have to be very hungry to take on a hummingbird, which is about 8 times the size of their usual prey. The mantis you saw was probably on the hummingbird feeder waiting for a different victim a bee or wasp, which is more their size, and which also are attracted to the sugar water. The mantis probably was just defending its hunting spot.

Joan Morris is the pets wildlife columnist for the Bay Area News Group. She also writes about gardening and is the founder of Our Garden, a demonstration garden in Walnut Creek. Morris started her career in 1978 as a reporter for a small New Mexico newspaper. She has lived in the Bay Area since 1988. Follow Joan Morris @AskJoanMorris.