Month: February 2011

Looks Kinda Like Two?

Site 1

To me it looks like two eggs, but might not be since there is some debri/feather covering what looks like a second egg.

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She’s Just an Early Brooder…1rst Egg!’s

Site 1

A year and a day after last years early egg laying, she is at it again with the first egg! The egg was not there the morning of the 20th. So most likely it occurred last night (Feb 20, 2011), as she stayed in the box as far as I could tell all night. At least she was there with periodic checks from dusk till bed, 10:00ish. So this is the first I have seen of it, after I got the yell from my wife, that there was an egg. It looks like those night visits and naps were because of this.

Anyway, with last years early date, lots of speculation as to why? but it seems this is just her internal clock.

First Egg

Circle Comfort

Site 8

Why any particular screech owl becomes 'comfortable' with a box is still a bit of mystery. One of the reasons for pairing (circle hole and slot) is to see if this matters to owls. So far I would give a slight edge to the slot design, but very far from conclusive. Anyway….from Site 8.

After almost a full year an owl has finally tried out the ’round hole’. This was a one day trial period, however, because the same (i believe) owl has been using the slot box on a regular basis.

Owl Impressions

Site 8

Another great composite this time of owl prints in the snow and description from the owner of Site 8
upper right corner is a nice look at the box set up, the circle hole (to this point unused) closer and the hard to see slot box on the slanted black cherry tree in the back ground…

I shoveled a path to the compost bins this morning (1/22/11 ) and found these owl impressions in the snow. It’s unclear if the owl won, but his body & wings left their marks in the snow. I suspect that the boxes’ proximity to the compost bins makes this an attractive site. GO OWLS all you can eat fly
through!