June 11 – I heard Momma murping around the frog pond.
June 12 – Hubby heard Momma murping in meadow.
June 13 – Bedtime: heard Momma 'Whooooo", chick responded.
June 14 – Went out at 6:30 to see and spotted Momma and TWO chicks! Heard her call 'Who-cooks-for-you-allllll' after dinner.
Off I went, June 14th, not confident she'd be in the same general location, a few paces from the nesting cavity.
I spotted Momma on the top of a broken tree trunk. You can see in the video, that she flew over my head, to the tree where the chicks were branching. She flew to a tree after the grooming session, and stayed on a tree atop Sady's Grassy Knoll (she loved hunting for mice there!), where she sat for another 3 hours. She slept, and awake from time-to-time.
She sat here, I ran the videocam for three hours. I captured her flying off to grab two mice, splicing the tape, and speeding up her patient sits. She dozed for about 5 minutes, then spotted her mouse. She came back again and again The grassy knoll is a great place for mice. When I left to visit my client, at 1:00 p.m., she was still sitting there, but gone when I arrived home at 4:30.
Then, we heard her across the backyard, into the forest after dinner. What a treat!
Barred owl chicks grooming from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Female Barred owl from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.