Artful Owlets (Contest)
Hoo’s in the trees by Quincy Farm?
Two Great Horned Owls! This pair is often heard calling to each other at night – do you know what sounds they make? What about the other owls often found around the Village, like barn owls? Try going owling with your owlets some evening your neighborhood to hoo-hoo with owls passing by – you might even see fledglings learning to fly! In the meantime, here are some interesting Great Horned Owl facts:
- “Tiger owl” – nickname for these owls as they are powerful hunters seeking prey as varied as rabbits, hawks, snakes, skunks and even porcupines (often with fatal results for both prey and predator). They hunt mostly at night, watching from a high perch, swooping down to capture prey in their talons.
- Females usually lay 2 to 3 eggs and both parents take part in providing food for young owls.
- Young may leave the nest and climb on nearby branches at 5 weeks old and can fly at about 9-10 weeks old; however, they are tended and fed by parents for up to several months.
- Baby owls are called “fledglings” and might be flying from the nest about now or already out. The “teenagers” typically hang out in nearby trees through their first summer, before flying off to find their own territories.
- They begin nesting very early in the late winter, possibly so that their young will have time to learn hunting skills before the next winter begins.