If you followed our Great Gray nest-cam last year or read our newsletter, you know that it was a tough season: one chick was taken by a Great Horned Owl, the second egg had no development, food seemed sparse, and and finally, the entire snag-tree tipped over. Now that we are on the verge of Great Gray nesting season, here are some updates about this live-cam:
First, the property where the JP cam is located has new owners and they have been entirely accommodating regarding the cam. This is a huge relief and they have been just wonderful to work with. A great way to ring in the New Year and we are so grateful to them!
While this is great, the problem of ‘no nest’ has remained. We located another snag with good potential on the property and did some work recently to make it more functional and appealing. A couple other snags looked promising from the ground, although when inspected with a ladder, probably aren’t suitable for the Great Grays after all. But at least we know there is one snag with good potential.
Part of our Great Gray study focuses on nesting requirements. All of the nests we find – their measurements and characteristics – become part of our study. In light of this, and with the collapse of the original JP nest, we started thinking about a man-made nest. Success rates with Great Grays and man-made nests are good and could provide some interesting asides to our growing natural-nest findings. After much debate and ethical questions about ‘farming’ owls,