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Thread subject: A night-time observation.
Name Date Message
RonS 03/19/05 09:21 pm I just oposted this observation.
Typical night view, but I do hear the Great Horned Owl. (Thanks Marie!) As others have suggested, I have turned off the sound scheme and turned the volume up high. The GHO is very distinctive and keeps on repeating.
RonS 03/19/05 09:22 pm Of course, right after I post, the owl stops hooting!!!
;-]
Marie 03/19/05 09:31 pm I can't hear him tonight Ron but it is early yet.....he is out hunting no doubt as he has slept all day and needs to fill his belly as well as the young ones if there are any around. He likes to call frequently after midnight......;-)).
I wonder if Betty and Dennis are concerned with this owl around. ?
RonS 03/19/05 09:50 pm I hear him quite distinctly, as you described; hoot-a-hoo, hoot hoot. YIPES, the cam went down as I was typing this!!
I would guess that Betty and Dennis are not too concerned about Owlie now, they're sleeping while he's hunting and vise-versa. Once they have chicks, however, I'm betting that the concern factor escalates dramatically.
Matt 03/19/05 10:53 pm I don't know much about owls, but would they go after Betty or Dennis? I'm curious as some owls are quite large.
Nancy L 03/20/05 12:36 am Got home late tonight = GHO is hooting regularly. Thanks again, Marie.
karen 03/20/05 08:46 am I have been trying to catch the GHO but my hours do not match his ... Marie has thte time change advantage ... I will keep trying though because I would love to hear it!
Tiger 03/20/05 09:12 am I think that GHOs are the only predator (other than humans) that ospreys have. The GHOs eat young osprey chicks!

Marie 03/20/05 10:37 am Tiger, I do believe Bald eagles as well as GHO can predate ospreys nests and ?? possibly their own kind can create major problems at the nest site if there is too much fighting.
Tiger 03/20/05 12:28 pm Well since we do not have Bald eagles I am not that familar with them.

Yes ospreys themselves often create problems for other ospreys.

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