Last night Andy heard a very different owl call. It was sort of a clucking followed by a whoo whoo. It was repeated for a while. Andy thought Cleo might be looking for her mate. This morning around 9, I heard a couple of whoos. It is possible that another pair may be checking out the site. The first year that Cleo and her mate moved in it was March 9. Nesting sites are few and far between and this one is ideal and Barred owls are common in this area. The books say that in TN they can mate the end of January through March. I will keep checking the nest and listening. If a pair is considering moving into another owl’s territory, I would think that they would be cautious.
March 9th – Day 34: The first egg has hatched! I checked on Cleo every hour all day. She just tended her eggs. I checked at 4:55pm and she was in her usual position. I checked at 5:00pm and she was gone and there was 1 egg and 1 baby bird. In the video, you can hear him squeaking. Cleo returned at 5:04pm and did a lot of rearranging.
We had some excitement this morning. A squirrel ran into the owl oak and peered into the hole. The male swooped in and chased it. I don’t know where he hides, I never see him, but he sure takes care of her. This afternoon I saw her leave the nest, and for the first time in 3 days I saw her 2 eggs. This was day 29. Hopefully they will wait till after the rains tonight to hatch. Then they have a week of milder, dry weather.
February 11:She was out of the nest at 6:00am and there were still two eggs.By 6:30am she was back in the nest and I never saw her out during the day.At 5:00pm she was out of the nest.We started watching the nest, with our finger on the record button a little before 6, and at 6:05pm we got a short clip of her returning.