Sounds at sunrise

January 29, 2015 by Dot Bambach

Around daybreak, the female owl often begins “squawking”, which is a food solicitation call to the male, then flies off. Sometimes you can continue to hear her squawking in the background (and him hooting) while the eggs are untended. Other birds that start vocalizing at dawn and can almost always be heard are Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren and, occasionally, American Crow.

Later in the morning, you will start hearing the metallic “thwack” of golfballs being hit off the adjacent tee. This sound usually occurs in fours, spaced a bit apart, as foresomes tee off right below the nest. (Fortunately we adjusted the sound so that we cannot hear the words anyone is saying on errant shots!)

6 Responses to “Sounds at sunrise”

  1. joyce says:

    I like that the baby is so fluffy because you can tell that is the baby. Also Mrs.Hills class at the bryan county elementary school that was my son Seth Hooo Hoooo

  2. Janet Irwin says:

    This is such a cool thing that you have created for us all to watch. On pins and needles.

    Thank you!

  3. Kevin Bryant says:

    So, where is the camera operator and how often is he actually watching what’s going on??

    • Dot Bambach says:

      Staff and volunteers at Cornell Lab of Ornithology take turns monitoring the camera feed and zooming in and out or panning around the nest area. Not all of the volunteers are physically located in Ithaca, NY – some are in Savannah, GA.

  4. Anne Kraft says:

    Hahaha…..glad she is getting fed! Demanding and determined Momma..

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