Owls and Berries
by Area Forester Lisa Deaton
There are many good branches on the loblolly pine directly overhead for an owl to perch and digest a meal.
I took a second look at the pellet after the rain, and the fur and bones could be from a squirrel. The longest bones are 2 1/2 inches long.
We found more berries while working with the Hampton Clean City Commission to plan a new “Central Park” in the City of Hampton. The hackberry below was still holding fruit. We did not study it closely enough to determine if it was a sugarberry, hackberry or dwarf hackberry.
And, this greenbrier was heavily loaded with fruit.
We also noticed a slash pine with ripening male catkins that will produce pollen in the near future.