January 20, 2015
Female Great Horned Owl Leaves Nest At Dawn, Squawking Loudly
The female Great Horned Owl incubates the eggs alone until hatch. The male owl provides her with prey during this time. In this clip, she begins "squawking", which is a food solicitation call to the male, then flies off. You can continue to hear her squawking in the background (and him hooting) while the eggs are untended. Nearby, a Northern Cardinal sings near-continously in the foreground, American Crows caw in the distance, and a Carolina Wren sings below. She returns soon after first light and settles in for another day of incubation.