The nest has piqued the owls’ interest for the last several months, but finally it’s looking like the female is very interested in seeing how the nest would work as a brood spot. She’s been paying a number of visits over the last few days and in each of the last few days has worked on the nest depression and has settled in for at least twenty minutes or so “trying it on for size”. The male was spotted with her yesterday around dusk, and we’re working to review the archives to see what other visits they’ve paid in the last few days.
Last year, about 16 days earlier than this year, the owls were still not in the nest all day every day. The female finally settled in on about the 29th or 30th of December and the first egg was laid on the first day of 2015.
So here’s a quickly edited 7 minutes of tonight’s 25 minute visit. Note at 4 minutes 15 seconds into the video how she prepares to defend the nest from some intruder who swoops up and around the nest. Anyone in the area see what other bird that might have been??