January 16, 2016: https://youtu.be/GY2V98GU3V4
January 18, 2016: http://bit.ly/1WsoEVW
Owls again? Great horned owls have been seen in and heard near N2B. This time of the year, many of them are pairing off and choosing nest sites. Just like last year, we are seeing clear signs of nest shopping – the owl in the nest hoots to make its presence known, seems to call back and forth with an owl in the darkness, and scrapes and rolls in N2B. I think its telling that the owl doesn’t eat its prey right away – perhaps a food gift for a mate or potential mate who comes to the nest?
Owls don’t build their own nests, but instead take the nests of other birds, including bald eagles. However, we went through the same thing last year and Mom and Dad ended up with the nest. We’ll see what happens this year.
I did a blog on the eagles and owls last year. Watchers might remember that two kinds of owls have been seen at the nest – great horned owls and barred owls. It appears that GHO are a bigger problem for barred owls than for bald eagles, and I was not able to find evidence of barred owls at the nest in 2015. Perhaps the great horned owl couple moved in nearby and shifted them elsewhere. That blog can be found here: http://bit.ly/1PDSWQk