One look at her, and you know. You just KNOW that she’s a mama now.
To catch up:
We put up this little owl house in early February. Just 15 days later, we had our first resident.
About a month afterwards, it became clear that we had a pair of owls – the female roosting in the box and the male patroling the area and making food deliveries. This led us to the conclusion that Mrs. Owl was on the nest.
At this point we saw very little of the owls. There was no more hanging out in the doorway, lazily gazing about. We figured that Mama had gotten down to the serious business of incubating eggs.
Only occasionally did we get (barely visible) glances of papa bringing snakes and moths to his bride.
A little more than a month went by before we had the unusual discovery of one of the owls sitting in a tree in our yard in broad daylight. We weren’t sure if it was the male or female, as they both look very similar.
Did you know that this is an indication that they will both care for and feed the babies? We didn’t, but we know now that In birds where the female is the primary caretaker, the sexes look different. In birds where both will feed the young, they look similar. The thought is that their almost identical appearance makes it easier for hatchlings to feel at ease taking food from both parents.
Not long after this daytime sighting we began to see LOTS of the owls. Mama sits in the doorway almost all day, alert and scanning the yard. Papa is wearing out his wings with all the food deliveries. His visits have picked up considerably.
Poor gal. She looks tired doesn’t she? And rightly so. She’s up all. day. long. It would seem that new baby owls are every bit as demanding as new baby humans. She has the look of a sleep deprived new mama, don’t you think? I’d take her a casserole and offer to watch the little ones while she got a shower and a nap, but I don’t think she’d go for it.
We haven’t seen or heard any babies yet, but we’re hopeful that we’ll get a glimpse soon. Keep all your fingers crossed that we’ll have photos of little grey fuzzballs to share with you!
Happy weekending, friends!
p.s. Please join Eren and I in welcoming some really exciting new contributors at the Magnifying Glass!