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Can you spot the Great Horned Owl? He picked a clever hiding…

Can you spot the Great Horned Owl? He picked a clever hiding spot!

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A second pair of owls?

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 13th – sad news.   Cleo tended her chicks all day…

March 13th – sad news.  

Cleo tended her chicks all day yesterday.  Around 5 she was sitting up in the nest looking up expectantly.  I think she was waiting for the male to bring her something. He never showed.  I worry that something happened to the male. She left and we haven’t seen her back.  She could not hunt and keep the chicks warm.  I was surprised that we didn’t see any activity around the nest during the day.  In the past the male has brought food even during the day after chicks hatched.  We took a picture of her sitting up  yesterday afternoon.

Now there is just an empty nest.  I think that after both chicks hatched they were in the lower part of the nest out of the field of vision of the camera.  We could see her rearranging and reaching down to tend the chicks.  Now there is just an empty nest. 

March 10th – Cleo left the nest this afternoon at 4:40. She…

March 10th – Cleo left the nest this afternoon at 4:40. She perched at the opening and looked in before she left. Andy spotted her and assumed that it was the male feeding, but we ran to the computer and she was out.  We couldn’t see the chicks, they must be at the very bottom of the nest out of the field of vision. I guess we’ll have to wait till they are bigger to see them again.  She returned in 11 minutes and I don’t think she got anything to eat.  She is nestled in but looking up at the opening.

February 27th – I just got a video of the mate bringing food to…

February 27th – I just got a video of the mate bringing food to Cleo (unfortunately a small dark bird). I really hope it wasn’t one of my yellow-rumped warblers.

March 1st was a day full of rain, sleet and periods of snow, but…

March 1st was a day full of rain, sleet and periods of snow, but Cleo (our grandson’s name for Mommy owl) has been staying in the tree and keeping her eggs warm.

February 11:  She was out of the nest at 6:00am and there were…

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. 

February 7-9:  She continues to be a very attentive Mom.  She is…

February 7-9:  She continues to be a very attentive Mom.  She is only out for short periods and when she is gone the 2 eggs are there.