By Anysia Dickson
It is that time of year again when all of Mother Natures' creatures are having babies. From ducks to bunnies to birds, it seems as if babies are everywhere and the one baby that seems to be making itself well known right now is the owl.
You may know owls as the silent hunter, but at this particular time barn owls are nesting in your neighbors palm tree or on the roof of your house and making the most gosh awful noise through the night. You can't sleep and you're wondering what can possibly be done to get rid of these annoying creatures. Well the answer is simply to have patience. I know it may not be what you want to hear, but unfortunately there is nothing much that can be done. It is against the law to remove or relocate the owls, if that were even possible given the height of some palm trees. The noise you are hearing continously throughout the night are babies calling to mom and dad. They have finally fledged the nest and are learning to fly and hunt. The owls hiss and screech in order to communicate with each other. The parents coax their babies to fly from one tree to another and show them how to hunt during this time. It may be annoying right now, but I can guarantee that in a few weeks the baby owls will be off on their own, never to make another peep around your home again.
If you have owls near your home you should take comfort in the fact that they are hunting all the nasty things that you do not want around. Rats, mice, and gophers to just name a few. With an owl around you have natural pest control. However, if you decide you do not want the owls back to nest next year you might want to think about getting that roof repaired after the babies have left this year.
Please give the owls this time to teach their babies what they need to know in order to best be prepared to be on their own. You may have to sacrifice a few nights sleep, but it will be worth it in the end.