Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 20:17:34 -0800
Reply-To: Tim Rose <feralman@MINDSPRING.COM>
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From: Tim Rose <feralman@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: Owls, Owls, Owls
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OK I won't talk about Minnesota. I won't talk about last Sunday, or
about the Great Gray Owls, or the Northern Hawk Owls, because that's
nowhere near Georgia. (OK, work sent me to MN and I saw eight GG's
and three NH's.)
Back here in GA, I think I may have screech owl eggs or babies. A
red (and probably male) Screech Owl has been hanging around, though I
thought he had left because he only roosted in the box once. The
chickadee patrol notified me of his alternate roost high in the pine
trees, and one evening I found both owls snuggled up together up
there - camping out. That was 2/26, and I assume if both birds were
roosting outside the box, there were no eggs yet at that time.
Now the gray screech owl (probably female) is roosting in one of the
boxes, the red still up in the pines, and this evening I was
fortunate enough to see both adult owls coming and going in and out
of the box at dusk, suggesting that I missed the whole incubation
stage and the eggs have hatched. But that would leave a maximum of 2
weeks between egg laying and hatching, which isn't right.
Not sure what's going on but I'll keep watching them.
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