Date: 1/13/21 7:40 am From: Brenda Hente <bjhente29...> Subject: Re: TGP Owls
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Congratulations on all of your owl sightings and luck in seeing owls this year. There have been at least one pair of mated great horned owls in Tower Grove Park for many years now. What you most likely described as witnessing was actually the male jumping on the female's back and the pair mating. This is mating and breeding season and many GHOW pairs are already nesting. A couple of ways to tell the difference between the male and female is, the female is generally larger than the male, and the male has 4-6, long, low notes in his call and the female has 7-11, shorter, higher-pitched notes in her call. Please keep your distance as you observe these owls. They are very powerful and can be more aggressive as they are defending their territory and breeding. Once again, congratulations on your observations.
Brenda Hente St. Louis, MO
On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 9:16 AM Janis Valdes <janis.lee.valdes...> wrote:
> WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be > a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT > System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, > clicking links, or responding to this email. > > As a first-year birder, I have not always been successful spotting owls. > Even hearing them can be a challenge (even with my hearing aids), but 2021 > seems to be a turning point. After the thrill of a New Year's Day snowy owl > sighting, thanks to Diane Bricmont, and short-eared owls at Columbia Bottom > CA (again, thanks to Diane - see why my luck is changing?), I've been > consistently seeing a great horned female in Tower Grove Park for the past > week and a half. > > Yesterday at dusk, I finally saw the male, too. After much calling (and I > could NOT see where he was, though could tell he was getting closer and > closer), he flew to a branch over my head (I could hear him!), and began > bowing and continuing calling to the female. She preened her toes, she > stretched her gorgeous wing back, she barked (though I wasn't sure it was > she until I followed up with Sibley later). And then she flew to him, > jumped on his back a couple of times, then flew off. > > He stayed put, I couldn't see where she went, the light faded, I didn't > hear any more calling for some minutes, so I reluctantly left my first > experience with GHOW flirtation. > > You know where I'll be every evening at dusk for the next few weeks... > > Janis > > ------------------------------ > *The Missouri Birding Society's Wild Bird Discussion Forum* > Archives <https://po.missouri.edu/archives/mobirds-l.html> / Subscription > options <https://po.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=mobirds-l&A=1> / MBS > Website <http://mobirds.org> / Email the list owners > <mobirds-l-request...> > > ABA Birding Code of Ethics <http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html> >
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