Stand By To Repel Intruders!

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Mom sees intruder in the air over the nest and makes a truly impressive defensive/offensive display to make sure they don’t even think of messing with her and her chicks.

Once it figures out what’s going on, the oldest owlet follows Mom’s gaze, glaring or at least staring where she’s gazing, and then once Mom settles down, it settles back down very near to her. GHO’s are an apex predator, but that doesn’t mean that nothing ever attacks, especially with vulnerable young in the nest. Mom’s making sure that everyone knows that would be a very dangerous thing to do!