Friday, April 1, 2011
Reposting Feeding from 1 April
(reposting this entry, because the photos were cut off the first time.)
Mrs. Owl has stopped laying at 3 eggs, so that will be our clutch size this year. We have friends with owl box cameras who have 4 and 5 eggs this year, so all are in the typical range of 3-5. Food availability is probably the primary factor in their decision about when to stop laying, but there are probably a number of other factors. Last night was a busy feeding night, with 15 feedings, all of insects, apparently. The previous night there had been a bird, of a species we could not determine, and Mrs. Owl spent some time last night apparently feeding from it, as feathers were flying. We couldn't see for sure, because she cached it below the view of the camera. Mrs. Owl has been taking very short evening and morning breaks. This morning's break was only 6 minutes, around 6:30am. Included today are some feeding shots. The first two show a moth, as does the 4th. The 3rd shows a caterpillar. The male seems to come down into the box more than we have seen in the past. One afternoon, he came with an insect at about 6:20pm (90 minutes before sunset), and stayed in the box for nearly 2 hours until dark, mostly sitting in the entrance hole. He must have found a target of opportunity by chance, and come with a daytime feeding. So, now that Mrs. Owl spends nearly 24 hours in the box, we are getting good looks at Mr. Owl.