That’s one tough owl…

We’ve had three days of heavy rain, high winds and chilly temperatures here in usually balmy Savannah. Our nesting female owl has stoically protected her eggs throughout, leaving them for only a few minutes a day while she feeds. This bodes well for hatching some time during the first week of February.

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  1. She’s certainly taking notice of the big batch of crows screaming around her at 8:05 A.M. Makes her “meep” noise. Also sorta looks like she’s licking her chops. 🙂

  2. At 7:41 A.M., whilst in another window on the puter, I heard some scratching and checked out with Mrs. GHO. Finally noticed a squirrel skittering around right next to her on the lower right of the screen. 🙂

  3. Just after 7 this morning (early daylight), watching her answer the nearby hooting (of her mate) with her own hooting. Interestingly, I note that she “leans forward” to hoot, just as I had seen them do in a recent video I took of the GHO’s on Cabbage Crossing. . .

  4. Problem solved! Live view works on a phone but not on a laptop – at first. If all you can see on the computer is the 4 hour look back, click the header “Savannah Great Horned Owl Cam” that will redirect you to YouTube. From there it should either feed live or you can click “Live View” to get it. In case anyone else has that problem.

  5. Hi Rick!

    Can you tell me how to switch back and forth from the 4 hour look back to the live view? The “Live View Here” in green isn’t linking anymore. Thanks! 🙂


  6. I, too, would like to know if the camera emits sounds or a hum occasionally; now and then she looks right at it as if she heard something.

    • Kam, we’re pretty sure it doesn’t make any sounds that she detects. If she’s not looking at it when it zooms or pans, she doesn’t turn around to look at it. When she does look at it, she can see the mechanism, and if it’s moving as she looks at it she would see that, just like we would in the same situation. It’s also possible that in high winds there might be a creak from the mounting. But all in all we don’t think she hears anything from the camera that disturbs her.

    • Mom and Dad will care for them for weeks as they grow – they will grow very rapidly and Mom will be feeding them bits of meat for quite a while until they can begin to feed themselves.

  7. Good Morning,
    Our class researching the owl. We have been observing her daily and keeping track of her activity in our Owl Journal. Since the rain has stopped we have noticed that she seems much happier. We noticed that the information on temperature and eggs states that the eggs can withstand -10 for up to 10 minutes.

    Keegan would like to know how this is possible? Does the owl have feathers inside the egg?

    Jacob would like to know if you will still be recording after the eggs hatch?

    Courtney would like to know how the baby owls will stay warm once they hatch?

    Seth says, “We are having a hooting good time watching her!”

  8. I got one good screen shot of her giving that wind the ole stink eye. Does the camera make noise? I see her peering right up at the camera several times.

    • Although I haven’t been nearby when the camera was operating, I suspect there is a soft noise emitted by the camera at the very least when it switches from day to night viewing and perhaps when it’s zooming or panning. I’ve also noticed the owl staring intently right into the camera at such times.

      • I think that Dot’s right that there might be some things about the camera that could attract the owl’s attention. However, we’ve got a lot of archived video of the transition from daylight to infrared illumination, and she doesn’t seem to every notice it if she’s not looking at the equipment. So she doesn’t see the infrared and the apparently that doesn’t make a noise that she reacts to. When the camera pans and zooms, she also doesn’t react to it if she’s not already looking at it, so it must be very quiet. Of course she can see the equipment, and as Dot says, frequently stares directly at it or near it. We’re not sure it it’s because something catches her attention, or if she just continues to wonder where that thing came from! We do know that if it’s panning she would be able to see that..

    • We believe that Dad’s bringing food several times per day. Mom hops off the nest for short periods and returns quickly looking like she’s finishing off something to eat. We’ve tried to observe but they’re pretty quiet and they are usually doing this in limited visibility or in the dark.

  9. I spent a good part of last week and, especially, this weekend watching mama owl and I agree that she is “tough.” The wind and the rain she endured was unrelenting and I wished I could spell her. She looks exhausted and I hope for her sake that the eggs hatch sooner rather than later. She is very devoted. I am always anxious when she leaves the nest but I realize she must get hungry. What is the story with her mate?

    • Joan, we think he’s bringing food multiple times per day, and that she hops off the nest and meets him. She does get blown around, but her feather insulation is adequate for 50 degrees colder if she needs it. The main thing she needs is calories, and she’s obviously getting them.

  10. I love watching her! So happy for the update! Has the male been seen? I’m worried that something has happened to him if she has to feed herself.

    • Dad’s alive and well, and has been bringing 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.