Mom and Dad Together on the Nest

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sharing a meal December 16th.

As this is being written, Mom’s continuing to incubate the eggs, and they may hatch in just a few days. Meanwhile, none of us has seen Dad for a while, even though we surmise that he’s bringing food to Mom. She hops off the nest for short periods of time, to feed we believe.

So while we wait, we’ve had a number of questions about the camera installation, as well as what Dad looks like and just how these birds feed. Here’s the answers – click “read more” to watch the videos!

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On Dec 15, Chris Steigelman and I used a lift to go up and make repairs to bring the system back on line after a nearby lightning strike knocked out some of the electronics. We added a number of new lightning arresting elements and improved the grounding to make the system more robust (fingers remain crossed!).

Here’s a new video of that trip that might be interesting to those who want to get a better feel for the installation of the camera, as well as what it’s like eight stories up. It’s quite a view, with a panorama that shows the view over the salt marsh and the Wassau Island National Wildlife Refuge, all the way to the Atlantic ocean. After you watch this one, see both owls on the nest in the video below that!

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The very next morning after the repairs, we recorded this video, in which we are able to see Mom and Dad on the nest together. In the case of great horned owls, the male owl chooses the nest and then brings prey to the nest for the female. It must have worked because two weeks after this the female laid the first egg January first.

 

11 Responses

  1. Thank you for making this exciting event available to all.
    It is truly one of the most exciting things I have ever
    seen in this manner. Live…..”steaming” on our computers
    like all of us are very much a part of it. Your organized
    presentation with “live” and “fast forward” episodes are
    wonderful. I applaud you for this memorable event and
    can’t wait to see the eaglets appear. Thank you again.

  2. Is Dad been back since she gobbled the fresh dinner that he brought her in December. I haven’t seen him. She is beautiful.

    • Yes, Dad’s been bring her food several times a day. Last evening 1/31 just before midnight we see both on the nest. Take a look at the posting at that time for a video of the two together.

  3. I am addicted to watching the nest now. This girl is stunning. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in this experience by placing the camera and manning it. It is really nice to get close ups of her now and again.
    Candy

    • Dad’s been bring her food several times a day. Last evening 1/31 just before midnight we see both on the nest. Take a look at the posting at that time for a video of the two together.