Florida Eastern Screech Owl (Red Morph) Sitting on Three Eggs
The third and likely final egg was delivered Friday AM (3/15/13) and the mother has been sitting on it steadily except for a brief departure Friday evening. This is more typical behavior and interesting in that during the time she had two eggs in the nest she would leave for several hours each night. The male has remained a no-show in the nest box. After she calls a few times and leave the nest box at dusk they meet in the dense brush and perhaps he has food for her. It should not be long before he begins bringing food to the nest box. The incubation period is approximately 26 days and hatching should begin the weekend of April 6th it all goes well. The live YouTube test broadcast test of March 13th went well except for noisy audio. We will experiment further with live broadcasts and hopefully be able to broadcast live from the nest box when the action begins to pick up.