After taking a bit of a break from owl-land, I think I am ready for a new owling season, but before the new season is too far advanced here is some of last years loose ends tied up.
Here is the Run Down from the site 9 owner:
Here is the run down
10/31 Gray/Brown morph female was in the box for until 11/28/16 when the camera fell down and I had to retrieve it. When we opened the box, there was an owl there so we were quiet and closed the box and left them alone.
December 29, 2016 we had a gray male visits the box at night as well as a red female who moves in on January 16, 2017. We are able to record the activities at night with our owl cam that has an SD card so we can replay the events from the evening. All is well until the female stopped coming to the box. The male came every night over and over calling for the red female but she did not return ( something must have happened to her). The male continues to call until 3/26/2017 when a gray female appears in our box in the morning. We had a bad storm that night and a lot of trees came down. We now have 2 gray( brown morphs) phase owls.
On 4/8/2017 the female laid her first egg today and then every 2 days laid an egg for a total of 4 eggs.
5/6/2017 the first egg hatched at 28 days. 5/17 the 2nd egg came, 5/8/17 the 3rd egg- but the 3rd owlet died on 5/11/17 then a 4th owlet was born on 5/12/17.
All 3 babies were up in the slot on 6/7/17the first owlet fledged into the tree, 2nd owlet fledged on 6/8/17 and the little one , 6/12/17 number 4 owlet ( much smaller than its siblings) fledged at 8:55 pm
It was an exciting owl season and these owls were amazing parents and so dedicated to their owlets. In fact when Blue Jays and Crows tried to get the owls, daddy came into the box with the whole family to lay flat and stay small to protect his family.
and the 2017 nesting summary:
It was a decent year, site 5 (maryland) site 8, and site 9 had successful nesting. Site 3 had activity into the winter but something happened to the owl that was using the box so there was no nesting attempt.
No Nesting this year, no screech owls present at all for the first time since box has been up. Both a Barred owl and Great Horned Owl appeared near by during the winter.
No screech owls…still(recent) calling of barred owls through out year.
Screech Owls: Red phase was present october-january but disappeared before nesting season…. no nesting this year.
Maryland successful nesting but details lacking
First Egg ???
# of Eggs…………. ??
First Hatch ???
# Hatched ………… at least 2
Fledged ……………. at least 2
No screech owls, great horned owl(s) still heard occ.
Screech Owls, nesting occurred,
Male= Gray phased (browner)
First Egg …………?
# of Eggs…………?
# Hatched …………at least 3
Fledged ……………. 3 (almost certain)
site 9 relocated back in 2014, Some owl turnover through the years, but ended up with successful nesting.
Male= gray phased
Female= gray phased
# of Eggs……………. 4
First Hatch: ….5/6/17
screech owl eggs ……7 + (massachusetts) + Maryland
screech owl fledged…..6 (massachusetts)+ Maryland.