Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Listen to the Owlets' squawky hoots! 10:38 pm, 4-2-13
This is a GREAT catch by rose and other chatters on the late shift last night. Rusty and Iris were agitated and hooting with Rhett and Delilah, the wild resident pair, and owlet #1 started doing her own little "hoots" (except they were squeaks more than anything.) But the vocalization is in the exact correct pattern for a hoot...a female hoot just like her mom! If I had only seen it once or twice I would have thought it was a coincidence, but she went on and on. At the end of nine minutes, owlet #2 chimed in...again with a rhythm just like her mom. It'll be interesting to hear how their hoots develop, but at this point, since they did the rhythm right from the first moment, I would say I'm 90% sure that the first two owlets are girls. As always, a huge thanks to EmmieJan for capturing, editing, and posting these video highlights! Thanks also to the mods critter, maxi, rose, and merli, and to everyone who is watching closely, submitting observations, and helping significantly with this research.