This section is under construction. We are currently developing a survey protocol for you.
Part B: Great Horned Owl Observations
Great Horned Owls are most active 1-2 hours before sunrise and after sunset, but can be observed at any time of day. Record the location, date, time, and activity of any Great Horned Owl you see or hear during nest monitoring. If you do not know of an active Swallow-tailed Kite nest but are seeing the kites regularly, listening for Great Horned Owls will still provide very valuable information.
Great Horned Owls have a soft, reverent voice. While searching for a nest or arriving at your nest check location, quietly listen and look around for any owls you may flush from nearby trees. Large oaks and thick hammocks are good places to find Great Horned Owls, and during the day you may find one snoozing amongst the limbs.
Learn more about their vocalizations.
Great Horned Owls can be heard vocalizing to their mates frequently when they begin nesting in the late fall. Conducting short, passive-listening surveys while the owls are most active can help us estimate how prevalent Great Horned Owls are at Swallow-tailed Kite nest sites. This species does not migrate, so if one is detected during a fall count, it was likely around when the Swallow-tailed Kites nested. We are currently developing a survey protocol for the fall.