Daddy owl was by himself this morning.
When I went out this evening, Daddy Owl was still alone. I heard another owl hoot not too far away, but I could not see it. Daddy owl hooted back and then flew to a tree a few hundred feet or so from where he was perched. He answered another hoot and flew over to the hole in the tree where the nest has been. He looked down into the hole hooted, looked at me, looked back into the hole, looked up behind him, and then flew off. I assume Mama Owl has started sitting on her nest in the tree, but if she is in the hole, she is laying low so I couldn’t see her.
He was still by himself this evening answering hoots.
The hole where the nest is looked empty.
After answering hoots, he flew to a tree a little south of where Mama Owl has nested in the past.
He flew over to where Mama Owl nests, looked into the hole, and hooted.
33 thoughts on “The Vigil Begins”
Good patience, Tim!
I am constantly amazed that you can capture these owls, their family life…
The owls are pretty consistent and predictable. Thanks, Dale.
I guess. Especially now that you are all on big happy family 🙂
Owls are very effective at blending into the background, you’ve quite an eye in discerning them, Tim.
I enjoyed seeing Daddy Owl and reading your commentary about his doings, Tim. Sounds like Daddy Owl trusts you.
Buona domenica 🙂
Amazing photos! How cool to see all the activity. ❤
I always love your pictures of the owl(s). One day I hope to find a place where I can spot them too.
Oh, noooooo…. where is Mama Owl? Poor Daddy Owl, he really looks worried! I think that this time he appreciated your presence as a friend he can confide his concerns.
I think Mama is sitting on her eggs. We’ll see. Thanks, Marina.
Crossed my mind… 😉
She wasn’t for coming out to play then?
No. Not at all. Thanks, Shey.
An exciting beginning to a new season of Mama and Daddy Owl continuing their family line.
It seems that way. I would like to see Mama in her nest, though. Thanks, Maj and Sher.
Incredible photos of amazing owls, Tim, thanks for sharing!
Are you nervously pacing back and forth in the owl waiting room, awaiting the birth of baby owls, chain-smoking through a pack of cigarettes, starting a new pack in seconds, with a styrofoam cup of super-thick, semi-warm coffee, checking the time on your watch every two seconds, before realizing you don’t have a camera, the security guard watching every step you take thinking you’re too suspicious? Or, maybe not … 🙂 🙂
I’m not convinced Mama Owl is really on the nest in that spot. No sign of the owls today. Thanks, David.
This is so exciting, Tim. I’ll be with you as the vigil continues.
Love this Owls saga!!!!
Yep! The saga continues. Thanks, Resa.
He sure looks like a dedicated partner .. I wonder if she was hiding? I’m jealous .. loving your shots!