Back again, and Hi All!
After a long wait, and not much to report, I can finally begin again to provide more regular updates on Pot Plant Owl and Pappa. For weeks, we've been monitoring the skies and rooftops - occasionally seeing one or both of the owls. But it hasn't been until this past couple of weeks that we have had lengthy visits to the balcony.
Here's what been happening...
In typical female fashion, PPO has decided to do a spot of 'home redecorating'. In her infinite wisdom (she is an owl, after all), she has decided to prepare not one, but two, pot plants for her nest. A few times we have woken to find soil on the balcony floor by both pot plants, and there's been a distinct scraping in both pot plants. She seems to be preparing her original nest, and the far pot plant, that is closest to the webcam from last season.
Why PPO is doing this, only she can answer!
Has this happened before? No, but there's always a first time as we are learning.
Do we think she'll choose the other pot plant as her nest? Honestly can't say at this point. It appears to be the one she is favouring based on the size of the scraping.
Personally, I'd be happy if she stayed with the same pot plant. It is further away from the neighbour's driveway and a new swimming pool, which may present problems for little inquisitive chicks.