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Three’s Company

Posted on April 15th, 2013

It has been a few weeks since I posted when the owlets hatched, so thought I would share the latest news regarding their development.  I am happy to report that all three owlets are growing and appear to be doing well.  This is great news to Miechelle and me, as last year, only one of the three owlets survived to juvenile.  We stopped by for a quick check last week on Saturday April 7th after our prescribed burn.  I was excited to see the tops of at least two owlets as we approached the nest.

Barred Owlets at Two Weeks

Barred Owlets at Two Weeks

 

Upon closer inspection I could identify three owlets resting quietly in the nest.  They seem to be of equal size and health.  At two weeks old, they appear to still have their eyes closed, but were making quiet ‘clicking’ noises as I took my pictures.  Fortunately, they did not seem to be startled by our presence.

Three Owlets Resting

Three Owlets Resting

 

In the second photo above, I noticed a few extra features in the nest, so took a third photo to hopefully bring these feathers into between view.  As you can see in the foreground of the photo below there appears to be a significant plume of feathers that came from another bird, one that I assume was brought here to feed either mother or babies.  I could not tell what it was.  Perhaps a pheasant, but I am not sure.  Any thoughts?

Additional Feathers in the Nest

Additional Feathers in the Nest

 

This week, Michelle and I visited the nest on Sunday.  From a distance we could see one of the three owlets looking directly at us, it appeared to have its eyes open and responded to our movements with slight movements of its own.

Single Barred Owlet at Three Weeks

Single Barred Owlet at Three Weeks

 

Based on our experience from last year, when only one of the owlets survived, we were curious to see if the other two owlets were still in the nest.  I was able to continue a bit further the north and see the other two owlets comfortably resting in the nest!  Miechelle and I were both really excited to see that all three of the young owls were alive and well.

Single Barred Owlet

Two Barred Owlets

 

As a result of the nourishing rains over the past week the area surrounding the nesting stump is filled with water which ensures that we keep our distance from the nest.  This standing water may also keep other intruders (raccoons, squirrels, etc) from disrupting the young owls, the water is nourishing the floodplain and owlets in uniquely different ways.

Its great to see Three’s Company in the owls nest this year!

 

2 Responses

  1. Larry,
    This is a great post. Thank you for sharing. I especially love the pictures. I appreciate that you didn’t disturb the owlets, but were able to get just close enough so we can enjoy them! My favorite…the one owlet looking at you and watching you as you watch it. How wonderful! Keep us posted.

  2. Larry Weber says:

    Thanks Jessica,
    It has been really fun (and educational) for us to be able to experience the owl’s nest the past two years. We try to temper our interest and only visit about once a week for a minute and then be on our way. Its really great to see all three doing well this year!

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