Interesting video. Are there two different girls in that video or are they one and the same?
Where I live, I'm not far from the hills and canyons. There is a fair amount of wildlife near. On walks through the neigborhood a few years ago there were a few heads of cats on the sidewalk. The first thing I thought when I saw the bodiless cats is people who hate cats and hurt cats; however, recently I read that owls prey on cats and if they choose to pick up a cat that is too heavy for them to carry in flight they will bite the cat's head off. Oh my, that was a shocker. I keep a close eye on my cats and I watch the sky for big birds.
Rod, thank you for the info on Owls eliminating their competition....makes sense, I never thought of their preying on cats for this reason.
Steve, I love the live web cam of the owls. Thank you for posting it. There happens to be another live web cam from Starr Ranch in Corona, CA. At work, employees have been watching the San Clemente and Starr Ranch web cams. Starr Ranch is a really cool place. The company I work for took all the employees there a few years ago. At the ranch, employees compete against each other in teams. We rounded up cattle with a bull in the pen, we fired shot guns at clay pigeons, we had quick draw competitions with bullet proof glass between competitors (we may have been shooting blanks??), we had a huge BBQ, and lots more.
Loc: Orange County, CA
If you need a break from the news of the world, check out the webcam of the "owletts". So far, all 6 have not only survived but are thriving. All full of white, puffy feathers. A few nights ago, between Mon & Dad, the family was able to share 24 rodents. These babies are well fed. 6 Future rodent patrollers!
Amazing! I was just watching the live webcam for not even 2-3 minutes, and Papa Owl enters the nest, mounts Mama Owl, and ... well, you get the idea! And right in front of the litle Owls, too! Looked just like a couple of cats going at it. It was "wham, bam, thank you ma'am", and about 30 seconds later, it was over and he left to do whatever it is Papa Owls do next!
_________________________ If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)
Loc: Northern California
The male owl IS displaying standard operating procedure in his "greeting" of the female; you see this across the board with all of the owl boxes. Comments by the experts have been that it is more of a "ritual" act, rather than one of procreation.
The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.