Some days ago while looking at the tracks that made it into some of my previous posts, my wife Deneen and I flushed this Great Horned Owl out of a tree above us. As if flew to its new perch pictured here, the startled chickadees alarmed with their “chick o dee dee dee” call. The alarm raised was only brief. Deneen and I were hoping to see the big bird get mobbed by the little guys but it didn’t happen. At the bird language class we took at White Pine Programs we had learned that the littler raptors are more likely to get a mobbing response as they are the ones that routinely eat little birds.
Yesterday I did see a little bird predator in the shape of a Coopers hawk. It was perched in a tree that was a favorite roost for a flock of starlings. The starlings came by to occupy the tree but made a swift change in direction. My friend said it looked like people crossing to the other side of the street when an unsavory character appears in front of you.
The other night Deneen and I went out to shovel the driveway at about 9pm. We have a very long driveway and were walking out to start at the far end when we heard a Great Horned Owl hooting from not far away. Having heard of people hooting back to get the animal to come closer I did so. After a few exchanges of hoots it did indeed fly much closer and landed in a large tree right in front of us. We hooted to each other a few more times while it stared at us. It was quite large with wide wings. It then flew toward us, almost directly above, took a sharp right and went off.
After shoveling loudly for and hour (long driveway) we noticed the owl in another tree on the edge of the field. We watched it for some time scanning the ground for prey.
It felt good to be recognized by a wild animal like that. Another reminder to go outside because thats where the cool things happen.
I also got a picture of an Easter Coyote on the game camera for the first time.