These pics are really awesome. I love owls. Thanks for sharing. Sue
Well, let me give you an update.
The hollow tree in which the owls nested in 2008 fell down, so in 2010 I built and put up an owl nesting box. I was too late in '10 getting it up to even expect them to use it and last year we were disappointed when they didn't choose the nesting box I worked so hard getting up some thirty feet into a tree. However, one January day, about the time they would have been starting nesting, I caught sight of a stray cat in the nesting box and had to take necessary steps to prevent that.
So fast forward to January 31, 2012. While eating lunch I looked out at the nesting box and this is what I saw:
Having not researched enough to know exactly what the incubation time is for owls, but thinking it somewhere around a month, we are keeping close watch. We hear "who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all" every afternoon and one night we were awaken by one that sounded like it was right on our front porch.
Hopefully I will be posting more follow-ups in the days and weeks to come.