When the rats increase…

 

Of late, the rubbish dump near the Staples store has been attracting a lot of rodents…which is bad news.

 

But the good news is that the rodent population is kept in control, by Shikras and Barn Owls, which I have been seeing regularly. 

 

Here’s a Barn Owl, sitting near the rubbish dump, waiting for prey:

 

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You can see the Shikra, too, most evenings, flying around. Shikras are crepuscular, and hunt at dawn and dusk. The Barn Owls are nocturnal.

So…if your apartment has Barn Owls…don’t worry about their chirring at night…they are taking care of your rat problem!

 

Deepa Mohan
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Deepa Mohan is a freelance writer and avid naturalist.