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Whooooo that?

One of our winged neighbors allowed me to take a few photos this morning.

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This Barred Owl was spotted near Reedy Creek along the road leading to Nickel Bridge.

Barred Owl facts courtesy of Raptor Conversancy of Virginia:

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Range
A resident species in Virginia. Found from Canada south through the eastern United States to the Gulf Coast, including Florida and Texas.

Size
Length          17–20 inches
Wingspan     39–43 inches
Weight          17–37 ounces

Habitat
Woodlands, swamps, dense forests, lake shores, ravines; usually near water.

Diet
Mice, insects, snakes, lizards and salamanders; also known to eat smaller owls and other birds.

Characteristics
A non-tufted owl, and the only eastern owl with deep brown eyes which can appear blue-black in certain light. Nests in cavities in trees, but will use old nests of red-shouldered hawks, crows or ravens. A vocal owl with a variety of calls. Most common hoot is a sequence of “Who-cooks-for-you, Who-cooks-for-you?

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Community

Climb a Tree in Fonticello Park this Saturday

The Friends of Fonticello Park have teamed up with Riverside Outfitters to get folk up close and personal with the trees in the park.

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From Friends of Fonticello Park

Come climb with us at @riversideoutfittersrva ! Tree climbing is an exciting and special way to get to know your favorite park trees from a new perspective!
Details:
🌳Participants must be at least 6 years old and have their waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Minors must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. Adults can climb, too!
🌳 Climbers will take turns climbing one at a time and are always belayed by an instructor. Helmets and harnesses must be worn and are provided.
🌳 When not climbing, feel free to enjoy some fun tree-related arts and activities.
🌳 Dress comfortably and for the weather. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and any snacks and medications you may need. We will have a full water cooler for refills.
Fill out the required waiver online here to reserve your spot:

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Arrest Made in Fatal Crash on Semmes Avenue

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team has made an arrest in the traffic fatality that occurred on November 26, 2022, in the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue.

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From RPD:

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team has made an arrest in the traffic fatality that occurred on November 26, 2022, in the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue.

At approximately 2:58 p.m., November 26, RPD officers responded to the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue for the report of a single vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality. Investigators have determined speed to be a contributing factor.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator J. DeBoard at (804) 646-1709 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 646-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Person of Interest in Armed Commercial Robbery

At approximately 3:19 a.m. on Friday, January 20, officers responded to the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue for the report of an armed robbery.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual in the attached photo who is a person of interest in an armed commercial robbery that occurred on Friday in the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue.

At approximately 3:19 a.m. on Friday, January 20, officers responded to the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue for the report of an armed robbery. It was determined that a male, who was wearing a black sweatshirt and black jeans, brandished a firearm and demanded money from the employee. The suspect took money from the cash register and fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the identity of this individual is asked to contact Detective D. Osbourne at (804) 646- 4656 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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