[Ontbirds]Great Horned Owlets - Ottawa [Image links]
willott123 at sympatico.ca
Thu May 5 00:42:15 EDT 2005
The surviving Great Horned owlet at Britannia put on a show today (May 4th,
2005). It was sitting high up a tree but the view from below was
unobstructed. The owlet was exercising and flexing its wings quite a bit.
It was located in the same general area as the past 4 days.
You can see the band on one of its legs in this image.
Although I did not capture it in this image, the owlet was coughing up a
pellet from the one end while white-wash was being expelled from the other
This image taken of the dead owlet on April 29, 2005.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ott User" <willott123 at sympatico.ca>
To: <ontbirds at hwcn.org>
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 4:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Ontbirds]Britannia Owlets - Correction
> >From my understanding, the surviving owlet had not been seen for a few
> leading to some speculation about its whereabouts. However, it was found
> again yesterday, Sunday, May 1st, 2005. A birder/photographer was kind
> enough to show me where it was perched. It was located along one of the
> trails running along the fence and houses on the side where Britannia road
> is. It was perched in a tree right by the road. It was perched in that
> location for the whole afternoon and was still there when I left late in
> the day (6-7pm). Quite a few birders/photographers were there watching it
> as the owlet was not too high up in the tree and the sunlight lit up the
> owlet nicely from the front offering a really good view. The mother owl
> (from what some were saying) was located in a tall tree within eyesight of
> where the owlet was perched.
> The weather was not so great today (Monday, May 2nd) but the owlet was
> found once again along the same trail that runs along the fence/houses
> area on the side where Britannia road is. This time the owlet was located
> further in and perched much higher up than on Sunday but could still be
> seen easily once spotted.
> Unfortunately, the other owlet....the one that had died...is still slumped
> in the same tree where the nest is (actually only a few feet from the
> nest) located. From people I have talked to, it was slumped on that same
> branch since last Monday or Tuesday. Someone had taken a photo of it
> (last Tuesday?) with its eyes still open, slumped in the relatively same
> position you would see it today. I suppose nature will eventually take
> its course....as it does with all things expired. But the good news is
> the other owlet seems to be doing good. During the time I was watching
> it, the owlet dropped whitewash about 3 times so I'm assuming it's eating
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