Great Horned Owls courting and mating

February 8, 2020

A pair of Great Horned Owls was contemplating one of our nesting sites in mid-January 2020.  We were very excited to see them.  The video shows their courting rituals and mating.  After each mating, the male immediately flew away (typical) but he would usually return within an hour, sometimes with a food gift for the female (a small bird or a rat – the way to a woman’s heart, apparently).

They visited the nest for several hours on 5 consecutive nights, were absent for 4 nights, and then returned for another 4 nights before disappearing for good.  It seems our nest wasn’t quite what they were looking for when it came to bringing up a family – although it was certainly a popular spot for canoodling.