Date: 1/13/21 10:14 am From: Janis Valdes <janis.lee.valdes...> Subject: Re: TGP Owls
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So maybe reverse the story for the genders of these fine birds. I had it so stuck in my head that the larger would be the female that even when seeing what seemed like mating behavior, I thought it was something different. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, for sure.
Need to study the birds and the bees a bit more, I see...
On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 8:40 AM Janis Valdes <janis.lee.valdes...> wrote:
> > 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 >
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