A few days ago I posted about a vigilant barred owl in my backyard. Two days ago, I spotted the pair of them together in late afternoon, rubbing faces and bills, preening each other, and generally being all lovey-dovey surrounded by tree blossoms, falling bud scales, and green shoots in the late afternoon light. It was the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen in our new backyard to watch them together. That evening and over the next 24 hours, the female visited our barred owl box 5 times. Not sure why she’s doing this, as they most likely have young in another cavity somewhere very nearby. I made a 1.5 minute video with shots taken from the box’s infrared camera we built inside.
You can view the video at: http://vimeo.com/21422822
Needless to say, even if they don’t visit again until next year, this has easily made my whole week!
~ Rebecca Kerimbaev
Wow, that is fantastic
Michael, I am wondering if they are nesting in a particular tree in your yard…but I don’t have the evidence yet!
Well I finally checked this out and I am wowed! I think your box looks like a perfect HOME/NEST and maybe they are thinking about next year (2012)….Scotty could do the closing! There is a tree in the ravine with a great big hole across from Mary Gardener’s house. Maybe that is this year’s digs.