February 28, 2013

Calm and cool,

6:50pm Female left her nest hole to sit up on top of the big branch right above it, just like last night.

She flew perhaps across the street, but we then started hearing faint, high descending trills—callling her mate? He didn’t show up. She called from the Alley, from the front near the sidewalk; she is still calling, 7:10pm.


February 18, 2013

Warm and windy day followed by heavy rain.

6:30 PM went out on an owl walk. The only owl I saw was on Boerne Street, our usual pair? I only saw the male, up on a wire, but he flew toward the usual nesting area (?); perhaps the female is sitting on eggs like the Bayland owl mom.


February 15, 2013

T=39, still and clear

Fourth Bayland egg!


February 14, 2013

Third Bayland egg!

Another cold front has come through. T = 36°

Beautiful clear and crisp morning. There is a blue Jay practicing his hawk noises. A squirrel is stealing shavings out of the second owl box. The bulbuls are displaying mating behavior–the male, flying in tight circles, goes around and around the female, who is sitting in the crape myrtle. The vocalization isn’t what I’ve heard before


February 10, 2013

Second BAYLAND EGG .

JP reported a second egg today in the Bayland box, which suggests that the first egg might have actually been Feb 8. No owls seen or heard, on Euclid, or at Bellewood. Bats were flying at Bellewood at dusk. Squirrels inhabit the box


February 9, 2013

Noon, T=68F, overcast, moist, coolish off and on. First BAYLAND EGG .

Goldfinches at the thistle feeder, along with occasional house finch. Flights of cedar waxwings. Today we transferred bees from Zarra’s owl box into a new top-bar hive, with Marika, Anthony, and Marika’s parents, visiting from Finland. And tonight we were “gobsmacked” (as they say in England) by the news that JP has a nesting screech owl and AN EGG in the box at Bayland (this was the first night they turned on the Bayland camera to look). We have neither seen nor heard owls in our yard or boxes (we now have added a west box in the sideyard ). Maybe they are off nesting already, but not in either of our boxes.