Wednesday, March 28, 2018
AM; T=71F; overcast; expecting big rain in the afternoon
7am, Ms Owl left the box. Walking out the front door and looking east I could see both owls; one, the male, was hunting from the crepe myrtle outside the neighbor’s front froom window; the female was on a main branch of the computer oak. He flew north to roost, she hung around for amoment, then went back to her box. 7:05am.
8:15am, dove explosion; we hear the Coopers ‘kek-kek-kek’.
PM; very overcast and muggy, as usual before a front.
7:42PM, Owls flew earlier than usual due to dark cloud cover. Mr Owl was roosting in the Computer oak. Both flew through the Gap to the west. Didn’t see much more.
Rain started about midnight, with lots of thunder and lightening.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
AM T=72F. After a breezy night a dawn cloud deck opened to show blue sky and fast moving low clouds. A low in Arizona is forecast to move in as a cold front, rain starting tomorrow.
Mr Owl is roosting in the Computer oak again, not very well hidden.
PM, high T=82F, now misting rain under a completely socked in sky.
Near sundown the sky was overcast, darkening early.
7:44pm; Mr Owl moved down from his day roost, eventually perching low in the Computer oak.
7:49pm; He flew low, 10’high, through the Gap to a perch at the north end of the clothesline. Ms Owl followed a few seconds later, flying straight to her customary perch in the pecan over the K’s carport. Mr left his low perch after only a few seconds to fly west. Ms Owl followed, and that was the last we saw of them
8:05pm; Ms Owl returned to the next box.
Sunday, March 4, 2018, day 3 in the nest box
A.m. temperature = 67.6°F. Overcast, breezy, fragrant with blossoms. Mockingbirds singing and waxwings peeping
6:25 AM, Mme Owl was perched quietly in the K pecan and Mr. Owl in the shop hackberry.
6:30 AM, she flew to the nest box and he flew to his palm roost. Day three for her in the box.
7:45 AM Cooper’s hawk landed in the art park pecan
PM, High T=76F
Guests, so no real owl watching.
7:50 PM: Madame Owl came back to the box but remained mostly silent. She stayed until 9 PM fed only once. Spent majority of the time head out.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Day 2 in nestbox
A.m. temperature = 53° F; beautiful red clouds at dawn.
6:30 AM both owls are perching in the pecan limbs over the Klein carport. One owl was eating something large, perhaps half a bird, which it appeared to offload to a cache, perhaps on the carport roof or an adjacent pecan branch.
6:35 AM, male owl flew west to its palm roost and the female flew up to the nest box. Day two!
The Hoke oak is frothing full of lime green catkins, and at 7 AM a Cooper’s hawk flew into it for a one minute visit before flying north across our house. Mockingbirds seem to be in full mating season activity: flying at rivals, battling on the wing, and singing vociferously. We noticed this morning that the crepe myrtle is full of little leaves. There were waxwing feathers on every step of the back deck as well as on the back walk and around our grill. I guess that explains what they were eating on the pecan branch this morning.
Lunch note: saw yellow/black tiger swallowtail.
PM; no rain. high temperature = 73° F;
6:40 PM, Ms. owl planed down from the nest box, through the Gap to the K pecan. Mr. owl appeared from the north with a bug to feed her on the pecan perch. They then moved to a branch, out of sight to those of us on the shop steps. So when we came up the deck steps we were surprised and pleased to see both owls in the orchid tree, 10 ft away, calmly watching us. We went inside and no sooner had we done so than Madame Owl went to the water dish and sipped quietly, periodically for at least five minutes. Thirsty girl.
Friday, March 2, 2018
6:30 am, one owl swept up into the palm to roost. Madame Owl is in the upper box, head out. Is she ready to stay?
7:00am, T=57 degrees.
We found a big gob of cedar waxwing belly feathers under the computer oak, behind the car—another meal with bones to provide calcium for eggs! The female is spending lots of time on the internal perch, surveying the world outside the nestbox entrance.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:30am, T=72F; wind just picking up, bringing swirls of cooler air from an incoming front. 0.01” sprinkly rain preceded it.
Earlier in the morning there was an owl in the yard to the west. Didn’t see either owl go to the palm today but there are neither owls nor squirrels in the nestboxes.
7:15am, T now =67F; grey and lowering but not really very cold. Some wing cracking from the white wing doves; Cooper’s hawk in the Hoke oak.
Beautiful warm day, cirrus aviaticus everywhere. A bulbul was singing at the top of the crepe myrtle; small butterfly all around the hackberry twigs—hackberry is on the fast track to leaf out by tomorrow. Cooper’s hawk flew over us on the driveway.
PM; full moon rising had both of us trying to get shots of it and the clouds and the silhouette of the low box all in one frame.
6:45pm, two owls are out back: female in the pecan, male on the shop hackberry. Mme visited the high box twice for 15-29 minutes, fluffing shavings and getting fed a couple of times by the male, who is hunting moths in the early evening.