I have been following the progress of a Great-horned owl nest with two owlets that hatched early in April. Last week during a strong wind, one of the owlets fell out of the nest. Last week I found it in the crotch of a tree about 12 feet off the ground.
Above the owlet was the male or father standing guard over it about four feet above it.
As I watched from a distance, I watched as a Northern Harrier attack the chick and the male drove it off. Meanwhile the mother and the other chick remained close to the nest. The chick with the mother is almost twice as large as the one that fell out.
Is it by design the youngsters need two parents? Could the one with the mother be larger because of the nurturing? I watched as a snow shower came through. The mother climbed in the nest to protect it while the male did not protect the other one. I did not see either one of the chicks being fed, but does the mother have the ability to feed better than the male.
Just some thoughs about life and studying in the wilds in Idaho.