Leesville Owls 2013
24/7 - Nature
I4/13/13 Papa2 came to the box twice last night, entering the box once. And of course mama was there.
4/12/13 Papa2 has not been seen since Monday 4/8/13. Mama has continued to visit the box.
4/5/13 Papa2 and mama visited the box, hooting to one another all the while.
4/3/13 NEW PAPA came to the nest box entrance hole to visit mama about 4 AM.
3/31/13. Mama got answered a number of times from a tree about 75 yards away. About half hour later she called from the box but there was no answer. She is obviously still interested in nesting
We may not have nesting owls this year.
Mama had begun to visit the nest. Then one afternoon after I heard them greeting each other, I heard what sounded like a couple of gunshots down in the woods near where I heard one of them calling from.
The next day I heard one of them calling over and over, but no answer from the other. Since then mama owl has visited the box and called, but no answer from papa. So I suspect he got shot.
The only possibility of nesting now hinges on mama finding a new mate.
The second year they nested here something happened to the female. The male sat in a tree and called all night each night for most of January before finally calling in a new mate.
So I am hoping against hope that mama will be able to find a new mate. I had cleaned out the box, repositioned two of the cameras for better views, and added a wire grid under the outside perch to keep the owlets from falling to the ground when they fledged.
Very disappointing to say the least,
These are Barred Owls, located in central North Carolina, in what is now a suburb. There were some 800 acres of old growth forest, now cleared for subdivisions. So the wild life has been sqeezed into the older neighborhoods where trees are 70-80 years old. These owls have nested in this box, some 200 feet behind my house, for the past 6 years. It is a heavily wooded area with a clear understory, that owls prefer to hunt in.