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5-24-03: Ward and June continue to be quite vocal in the distance, but there have been no nest entries since the 18th. I caught a brief glimpse of June today with a mouse in her beak, but can't be sure if this was mating behavior or not. Hunting at mid-day would, however, be unusual for this time of year with no owlets to feed.  

5-18-03: Comforting Update:  June appears to have gotten through her grief period more quickly than most of her fans. After two heart-rendering visits to the nest last nigh in which she whined, squealed, and made the galloping sound she uses to encourage owlets to eat; she showed up near the nest with a shrew in her beak this afternoon. She called to Ward with her classic hoot from the doorway many times and  even entered briefly to get away from the crows that were chasing her. While this would appear to be mating behavior, I consider that to be a long shot. There are records of barred owls replacing lost eggs as many as three time (3 to 4 week delay each time) which would equate to the 9 week delay Ward and June would experience. A mid-August nest departure would, however, be pushing it. 

5-18-03: Caution, Parents and teachers of small children read first. I regret to report that all of the owlets succumbed to one of the harsh realities of nature when a fisher predated the nest Saturday evening. The attack came just after dark while both Ward and June were out hunting, so that neither was aware of it until June returned an hour later and found an empty nest. I will provide a more complete report at a later date. Adults who share the owl adventures with young children may want to prepare them for the bad news.

5-16-03: June spent about two hours hunting today, but had only one small mouse to show for it. She did much better after dark when she and Ward both hunted and brought in a  continuous stream of prey between 8pm and 11pm. The owlets are adjusting to getting most of their food at night, but still go wild every time an adult arrives with prey. The temperature continues to be about 20 degrees below normal.