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Friday, March 09, 2007

Game Over

The nesting season at the Valmont Power Plant Great Horned Owl box appears to be over. For the last few days the eggs have gone completely unincubated and mostly unattended, with only sporadic short visits by the owl. This afternoon, the image switched for a while to what I presume is the empty Barn Owl box. Then it switched back to the Great Horned Owl box, and the eggs and what looks like an owl pellet were gone. I suspect they were removed to study, and maybe to attempt to make the box attractive to Peregrines (the originally intended occupants.) Ironically, the owl came back for a few minutes after sunset and looked around. Wonder what she thought of the change? Maybe she will chalk this one up to experience and be a good mommy next spring...

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