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On Saturday, New Year's Day, we had a Barred Owl in the back yard all day
long.  Three of us got pictures of it at different times.  It swooped down
to the ground a couple times, hunting voles under the leaf litter, I think.
Never saw it come up with prey, unfortunately.  About noon, I took the dog
out in the front yard, and the chickadees were fussing at one of the Great
Horned Owls.  That got the attention of Starlings and Blue Jays, and the Owl
flew to a more open tree, then further, behind another neighbor's.  That
neighbor called me later, and said they heard the ruckus go on for 2 hours,
and finally the mixed flock left the Owl alone.  The next day, her
daughter-in-law came by, and saw both Great Horned Owls together, and
watched them mate.  Not sure of time of day, but it was daytime.  So, we
too, are blessed with 'Owls in the 'hood'.  We've heard 2 Barred Owls, so we
hope they're next!

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, MO  St. Louis Co.
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From: "John Curran" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 1:07 PM
Subject: Mating Great Horned Owls and BlueBirds


> I reported Great Horned Owls in my backyard a couple
> of weeks ago in West County of St. Louis. One night
> around 12/20, I saw one at midnight on my telephone
> call hooting. Then another one came and the one
> hovered over it and then flew off. I figured it was 2
> males vying for breeding territory.
>
> Last week on 1/1/2005, in the am 530, I videotaped it
> hooting on the pole in the dark. Went back to bed and
> went to look again at 637 am to see if it was on pole.
> He was and that's when it gets light out so I could
> see more details of the owl. So I videotaped a minute
> of it hooting and then another one comes in and lands
> side by side. The one hooting (male) then flew over
> the other one and hovered and proceeded to mate. It
> lasted under 10 seconds. One of them was making a
> screeching noise during this time. It was very
> interesting I guess to say the least. Then the male
> flew off and the female sat around for a minute or two
> before flying to a tree checking out a potential
> nesting spot. I'm hopeful it will nest there but not
> sure if there is enough material there for her to work
> with since I read they use old nests. I guess she
> could spruce up whatever nest it was with her own
> sticks but not sure if they even do that on their own.
>
> So I've gone from never seeing an Owl in the wild to
> seeing them in the wild (wild in the suburbs), hooting
> and mating, and capturing it on videotape!
>
> Also, saw small group of bluebirds at Queeny Park in
> St. Louis county on the Hawk trail if anyone is
> interested in seeing a colorful song bird in the dead
> of winter besides the cardinal.
>
> John Curran
> Manchester, MO
>
>
>
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