Monday, February 20, 2006

Jean braves an icy fly-out

A few minutes after Friday's fly-out
Photo by Bruce Yolton

Marie -

Too cold again for much standing in doorway of tree-hole: male ESO did not appear until 5:33. And when he did, it was only his head - chin resting on bottom of entrance, eyes closed, ears drooping - clearly not ready to start his day (I hope Bruce got a picture of that). He pulled himself together after a few minutes, stood up and began to look more like his usual spiffy self - "ears" went straight up for a passing horse carriage, and a little later he seemed enchanted by a toddler being dragged northward - maybe it was the screams that got him.

Flyout was at 6:02, followed less than a minute later by his mate: he went low, same patch of bushes as last night, but didn't stay there long and then we lost him; she headed northwest and disappeared off the face of the earth.

Just out of curiosity I checked for pellets around base of tree, whilewaiting for owls to wake up - found some tiny vertebrae and one slightly larger bone: I don't think, though, that they were from a dissolved pellet,as they seemed to be lined up in the right order....

That's all the news that's fit to print -

Jean Dane