Tonight, a very respectful small group of owl watchers got to watch the Great Horned Owl cough up a pellet, stretch, fly out, and then perch in an open tree near its roost. The normally quiet owl made a number of calls, which I learned from an other owl watcher, that it had done the night before. There was a response from what we thought was a person making an owl call, but then we heard a more realistic call coming from the northwest. I think we decided that it could have been wishful thinking, but it would be great if there was another owl in the park.
The owl then flew to a different tree, and then made a wonderful dive and ended up on a low branch within the compound of the Delacorte Theater before flying up to the scaffolding over the northern gazebo being repaired at Belvedere Castle. It then flew to a pine west of the Castle before finally flying southeast and out of view. It was a great night of owl watching.