Ever since the first snowy owl showed up at Presque Isle State Park on November 23 Erie’s resident pair of peregrine falcons has been on the warpath. Peregrines hate owls and snowies are no exception. How dare an owl invade their territory!
On November 26 a second snowy arrived and perched near the first at Gull Point. On November 30, a third and darker owl came to Beach 6. The snowies like the banquet at the lake. They’re eating visiting waterfowl.
Their arrival has kept the peregrines quite busy. Many observers have seen the peregrines attacking the owls.
One owl is annoying, two are worth shouting about. On Friday while Shawn Collins was on his way to Gull Point he heard a peregrine whining and warning at Beach 10. The peregrine was so upset and distracted that it remained perched and whining on a telephone pole while Shawn snapped several pictures.
Angry and swift, the peregrines teamed up to convince the owls to leave. Would it work?
The owls are bigger and know about large, powerful falcons. They come from the land of the gyrfalcon.
But the peregrines are persistent.
Who will win?
(photos by Shawn Collins)