He did not stay at this location long. Crows are not really any threat to great horned owls but the racket which they make can alert other predators to their presence as well as prey, which makes if difficult to hunt.Maybe the crows just hope that all of their yapping drives the owls nuts. It is kind of reminds me of being around my family during the holidays. The crows finally decided to move on so the owl found a good perch where it could blend in and become invisible again.The sun was starting to get low so I decided that it was time to leave. Great horned owls are mainly crepuscular, meaning that they usually hunt at dusk and dawn. Since it would be time for the owl to hunt soon I though that it would not be good for a large human to be around to scare off any potential prey.
As I walked back to the strip mall where I had parked my truck I ran into Laura, Linda, and Susan, 3 local birders who had come down to see the nest also. I have birded with Laura before, at the Wabasha CBC, and had met Linda at the Hastings CBC so I stopped to talk to them as I was pulling out. After we talked for a few minutes and I shared some of my photos they left to walk up to the street to get a better look at the nest. I pulled out of the lot and headed down Dodd. That is when I noticed that the male GHO had moved again and was in plain site from the road. I swung the truck around, parked back in the lot and then pointed the male out to Laura, Linda and Susan. It was a good afternoon, everyone got to see both the female in the nest and the male so we all left happy.