Sunday, June 6, 2010
Great Horned Owl Family as new neighbors!
Well, we've been pretty excited these past few months watching our Daddy and Mommy owl sitting on their nest and hunting for food. They moved into a nest in the big pine tree next to our property. The owlet was born and the fun increased. I got to see mommy feeding her owlet one day, more about that in a minute, and the nightly events leading up to baby being born has been fun to witness. Daddy flys at dusk from the tree where he usually was perched higher than the nest - I suppose to be a look out. He'd swoop around and then land on top of the telephone pole on our property and hoot to his mate. We can hear them after it becomes dark "talking" to each other but no longer can we watch them as they take flight looking for prey.
The photos are of Daddy owl in the top portion of the tree, then Mommy sitting on the nest before the owlet was born, and then baby owlet. They look like large cats because of their "horns". I also was blessed to witness mommy feeding the owlet one morning so I took a short video and uploaded it to YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdZCviMZFBI (I've added a link that you can click on at bottom of this blog under the Links tab).
The owl family are still living nearby as we see them during the day sometimes in different trees that surround our property. They still perch on top of our telephone pole after dusk and fly all around. We enjoy hearing the different hoots each family member has too. It sure is fun living in the country and getting the opportunity to see all these wild critters!