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)
A resident species in Virginia. Found from Canada south through the eastern United States to the Gulf Coast, including Florida and Texas.
Length 17–20 inches
Wingspan 39–43 inches
Weight 17–37 ounces
Woodlands, swamps, dense forests, lake shores, ravines; usually near water.
Mice, insects, snakes, lizards and salamanders; also known to eat smaller owls and other birds.
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?“
Drink Beer and Help Friends of James River Parks
Raging James Pilsner is the latest release from Legend Brewing and a portion of each sale will got to Friends of James River Park.
Legend Brewing Company is the oldest operating craft brewery in Virginia. As their Vice President of Operations, Dave Gott, told us, “It’s important that you be a part of the community – not just IN the community.” Legend has hosted our board meetings and annual get-togethers. On any given weekend (and often any given day) their parking lot is full of cars carrying kayaks and bicycles, and their patio is crowded with people who have spent the day enjoying the James River Park System.
Given their proximity to the James River and our Park, we were elated when they floated the idea of creating a special beer for our organization. Raging James Pilsner is their newest release, and a portion of the sale of each can will help us continue our efforts. Legend has supported Richmond for almost 30 years, and as we approach 50 years of commitment to the Park, we’re honored to partner with them on this.
How to move a snapping turtle across the road and why.
You’re most likely to see a female Snapping Turtle on the road crossing to find a good dry spot to lay her eggs.
Snapping Turtles are one of the scariest and coolest looking critters you can run across in the Richmond area. Unfortunately many times you’ll see them on the road and that is not a good spot for a Snapping Turtle or any turtle to be. It’s egg-laying season so female Snapping Turtles are on the move and crossing roads. Snappers travel long distances away from water to search for a nest site on dry land.
NEVER pick up a Snapping Turtle by its tail because doing so can cause spinal injury. Gloves are recommended when available. Always move turtles in the direction they were headed and do not relocate.
Snapping Turtle populations have declined significantly in recent years due to over-harvesting, poaching, and poor reproductive success.Snapping Turtles don’t reach maturity until 6 to 7 years of age and female turtles lay a single clutch of 26 to 55 eggs once a year. There is a high nest failure rate, with most of the eggs eaten by predators resulting in only 6 to 9 percent of hatchlings surviving.
If you can here is how to safely move a snapping turtle.
Suspect Sought in McDonough Street Shooting
Today at approximately 2:43 p.m. RPD officers responded to the 900 block of McDonough Street for the report of shots fired. Officers arrived and located two adult males down with apparent gunshot wounds.
Today at approximately 2:43 p.m. RPD officers responded to the 900 block of McDonough Street for the report of shots fired. Officers arrived and located two adult males down with apparent gunshot wounds. One of the victim’s injuries are considered life threatening.
They were both transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact
Major Crimes Detective C. Tovar at (804)-646-6739 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.
From other reports we’re hearing a bartender and a customer at Ironclad Pizza were the victims.