Those hoping to spot great horned owls in their natural habitat this breeding season are in luck. And they won’t even have to leave the comfort of their homes.
Proclaiming it was “a real hoot,” Louisville officials on Thursday unveiled the installation of two cameras pointed at two bird nesting sites, live streaming their “courtship, incubation and feeding activities. “, according to the city’s website.
The company is a partnership between the city’s open spaces division and the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute.
According to the city’s website, the Great Horned Owl pair occupied this nesting cavity during the 2015, 2016 and 2018 breeding seasons. In 2015, a chick successfully fledged. In 2016, two chicks took flight. And last year, three did.
Incubation begins after the first egg is laid; the female does most of the incubation while the male protects the nest from predators, experts say.
Authorities remind observers that great horned owls are wild animals and can sometimes take domestic cats and small dogs for prey.
“Officials will do (their) best to turn off the camera in the event of such an event,” the city’s website read.