SAN FRANCISCO — Final week, a pair of nice horned owls landed a uncommon deal for the Bay Space: actual property in move-in situation with a view, Presidio Belief officers mentioned Monday.
The owls took over a red-tailed hawk nest, excessive up in a eucalyptus tree within the Presidio, that ecologists have been watching on a webcam since final yr.
A stay digicam mounted on the nest exhibits the mom owl at present sitting on two eggs.
However there was drama earlier than the owls moved in. The webcam exhibits a red-tailed hawk battling for possession of the nest on Feb. 2.
Final yr, the webcam captured key moments of the red-tailed hawks constructing the nest, eggs hatching and oldsters feeding their younger. The wholesome fledglings and the dad and mom left the nest final April.
The digicam has since been named the “Presidio Raptor Cam”, giving ecologists uncommon views of the owls, that are troublesome to view within the wild.
The incubation for the owl eggs is 30 to 37 days and the chicks are anticipated to emerge the primary week of March.
Presidio ecologists have confirmed that the red-tailed hawks have backup nests and are monitoring them to be taught their nesting website.
The raptor cam was put in within the eucalyptus tree in 2018. Its location is secret, in order to not disturb the birds, Presidio Belief officers mentioned.
The good horned owl is likely one of the most typical owls in North America, however its inhabitants is in decline, in accordance with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The owls normally undertake a nest constructed by one other species, normally a hawk, crows, ravens, herons or squirrels.