Friday, October 22, 2010
Help Observe Rusty and Iris the Owls!
Meet Rusty and Iris, two Great Horned Owls who are both blind in their right eyes. They cannot live in the wild and they seem to really like each other, so they are the perfect owls for my breeding project as part of my vocal study on Great Horned Owls.
They moved in to their permanent home yesterday and already had a visit from the neighbors. Victor, my resident male Great Horned Owl, came by at 10:47 PM and did a bunch of wild hoots and squawks. Rusty didn't say a word, but after a couple of minutes Iris flew over to the side of the cage where Victor was and tentatively gave a quiet and hoarse hoot...like she hadn't used her hooter for a year. Her second hoot was better, and by the third and fourth things sounded as they should.
The hooting lasted only about five minutes, but Victor was back at 3:45 AM for a few more squawks, but no hoots.
There are three security cameras and microphones located in the breeding cage with Rusty and Iris, and you can view an online stream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/great-horned-owl-breeding-project.
You can help this research by posting a comment to this blog when Rusty, Iris, or the neighbor owls are hooting, chittering, or squawking. Just let me know what you heard and what time you heard it so I can que to that part of the recordings and save it for future reference. Three cameras are recording 24/7, so your help in pinning down the important parts is very appreciated, just like Alan Stankevitz told me about the wild hoots and squawks that happened last night!