It is very unusual if we go more than a few weeks without having at least one, and more often a pair of Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) calling on or around the property. At this time of year there are duets between the higher pitched and persistent male and the bigger and lower pitched female. This family used the meadow and surrounding woods as their home a couple of years ago. They were very distracting! The rabbit population takes a hit when there are owls around, a fabulous form of biocontrol. On one memorable occasion a dinner party was interrupted by bunny screams as a Great Horned Owl took grabbed her dinner and then disemboweled the prey outside the window.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.