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#31 RX

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:17 PM

Sad that this time line of activity is ending. It was been greatly enjoyable. Thanks Harold.
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#32 Us burros

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:49 AM

Sad that this time line of activity is ending. It was been greatly enjoyable. Thanks Harold.


Well, it looks as if the sequel begins.
There's been a lot of evening owl hootin' goin' on lately. This morning we look out the window and see why.
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Looks like the nesting box was deemed suitable for raising another family.
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Last year it was January 31 when we first noticed her on the nest, so I guess the bird books are correct with their "late January" as when the Barred Owl nesting begins.

I promise I won't be posting so many pictures of an setting owl this year.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

I think you need to set up a webcam for us, Harold. :)

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#34 Grandjan

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:07 AM

I would like to second Eileen's motion
I loved this thread last year thanks so much for posting
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#35 clover

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:20 AM

Sad that this time line of activity is ending. It was been greatly enjoyable. Thanks Harold.


Well, it looks as if the sequel begins.
There's been a lot of evening owl hootin' goin' on lately. This morning we look out the window and see why.
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Looks like the nesting box was deemed suitable for raising another family.
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Last year it was January 31 when we first noticed her on the nest, so I guess the bird books are correct with their "late January" as when the Barred Owl nesting begins.

I promise I won't be posting so many pictures of an setting owl this year.

Harold


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I agree with the above statements, enjoyed your posts last year. What a great "yard/tree guest" you have!

Harold didn't you have a lot of snake photos you shared with us as well? I don't like snakes but enjoyed the pictures. Hope you don't have any King snakes or Rat snakes in the vicinity that could potential prey on the eggs or babies when mama is not around. The King snakes on our place have hit the birds nests on our porch and in the pecan trees pretty hard the past couple of years.

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#36 Grandjan

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:22 AM

owls eat snakes yummmm
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#37 Us burros

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:16 AM

I've had several webcam suggestions, but no volunteers to finance and/or install one in the necessary twenty-plus feet up location. Also, I do not want to do anything now to frighten away the setting owl.

One advantage, or maybe disadvantage, the owls have by starting their family raising in January is the snakes aren't active. Not long after I put the nesting box in the tree I looked out and saw this:
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I put protection around the bottom of the tree and vowed to eliminate that intruder if I ever see it near the nesting box.

I've done some research on putting up another nesting box. I will have to get cooperation from some neighbors since the present box is in about the center of our property and therefore I can't get far enough away for another box on our property. So, that'll be another project for this year, sometime before October when the owls start looking for nesting places.

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#38 Us burros

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

UPDATE -

We've had a hatching and mama spends her mid-day watching us.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 04:41 PM

A disappointing Easter for these little fellows.

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They spent the day waiting for mama to bring 'em a little Easter bunny.
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#40 Us burros

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 06:10 PM

Well folks, I haven't given you a report this year.

 

The Barred owl returned to the nesting box around January 26th, for the third year, to raise a family. The babies (we hope more than one) hatched 2-3 weeks ago and now mom leaves them to enjoy her "mom's day out" and hunt for owlet food.

 

We feel so lucky to have such a good show going on outside our window for us to enjoy while eating.

 

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 10:31 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this.  Great photos.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:58 AM

Wow, Harold, great shot and what a lovely family you have living in your backyard!


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#43 Us burros

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 09:20 AM

Sometimes she goes out as if going to pick off a squirrel for lunch...

 

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but usually it's just a "gotchamole" for the young'uns...

 

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 06:30 PM

Great pictures Harold. Thanks for sharing the Barn Owls with us. You do have a have a grat thing going on with those owls. I'll keep up with this years hatching.

Owls are one of my favortie birds.

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 06:31 PM

Well, guess what? Mrs. Hooter returned to start another family. There have been nine owls hatched in the nesting box in the last three years and she's now there preparing for more.

 

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