The wind and rain limited Ward to only one food delivery last night and it looked like June was in for a long hungry day. Ward does not normally extend his hunting into daylight unless the situation is desperate, and without a lot of whining from June would usually wait and catch up the next night. Today, however, he made an exception and pounced on a gray squirrel that happened to scurry under his perch. He took the squirrel to a spot about 50 feet from the nest and started to announce his arrival with a monkey call. June responded instantly by bolting up into the doorway before he could finish the first hoot and is shown here as she flew out to meet him. Prey as large as a squirrel is not taken back to the nest unless there are owlets to feed, so June enjoyed her meal on the perch where it was delivered before returning to the nest. She then spent a quiet day relaxing in the nest as Ward again slept on his favorite perch just a couple of hundred feet away. There was no sign of the great horned owls last night.
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