By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Silo, a 16-year-old barn owl, is special for a number of reasons. Her advanced age is one; the oldest owl living in captivity is 20.
Her very existence is another. As predatory birds fall prey themselves â€“ theyâ€™re dying from eating mice which have consumed rat poison â€“ only five nesting pairs of barn owls remain in all of Connecticut.
Silo had every right to enjoy her moment in the spotlight on Sunday, during Wickfordâ€™s first birding event â€“ although, to be honest, it was less a spotlight and more a heat lamp.
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