Last night PPO and Pappa visited us early in the evening. Pappa was very vocal - perhaps wanting to prove that this is his spot. After the first 30 minutes of constant loud hooting, I think everyone in the 'hood got the message. (To continue on for another 30 minutes, Pappa, was a bit much).
And just when we thought that the vocalisation early in the evening would translate to a quiet pre-dawn period, we were rudely woken by Pot Plant Owl on the balcony. She proceeded to scratch in the soil, and hoot, and scratch again in the soil. This pattern continued on for a long time - all the while I lay still with my eyes shut, trying to force sleep. Eventually I gave up, and lay awake listening to PPO's 'mutterings'.
The period we are going through at the moment happens every year. When the owl family leaves us for greener pastures, we have weeks, sometimes months, of quiet nights. Nothing disturbs our sleep, and certainly no owls. When the owls return to check on the balcony in the pre-mating season, we have to 'acclimatise' again to their noises and movements. At this time, sleep is fitful and hard to come by.
When we got up this morning, we were greeted by a fine mess on the balcony floor below both pot plants again.
I honestly wonder what she is up to...