Thursday, February 15, 2007

Owl Porn

Yesterday was Valentine's day. While most of the world was dressing up for a fancy dinner, or some other traditional activity, Karyn and I decided on a slightly different approach. We chose to celebrate our valentine's day with some real love birds.


The Great Horned Owls in the Hull's Grove area (about a mile from our house), have been starting their nesting behavior. We decided to go check on them near dusk to see if there was any "action".


We arrived near the nest, a large hole in the sand cliffs, to find one of the owls sitting on the ledge. She then flew over to a nearby wire (I assume it was the she). I had never seen them sit on a wire before. We listened as the two love birds hooted to each other across the small valley. Suddenly there were two. Her mate had flown over to perch nearby. They continued to hoot at each other, but the hooting changed to more of a rolling purr sound. The two flew down to a small clearing and "did the deed".


The two separated for a while, then reconverged near the nest. It was getting fairly dark but we believe they might have engaged again. After this second interaction, the male flew away and the female flew to the nest. What a night!


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