Alarums and Excursions In The Night – and now Back Home!

April 18, 2016 by Rick Cunningham

Owlet 1
left the nest at 8:00 on Saturday night and made it back to the nest about 35 hours later – at 7:15 this morning Owlet 2 was branching(!) and practicing “flying” back to the nest (or as Woody in Toy Story would say, “That wasn’t flying, that was just falling with style!”) when Owlet 1 hopped back on the nest. And then just a few minutes later, Mom arrived with a great egret and all were reunited again. Owlet 2 wanted to fly out of the nest as soon as Owlet 1 flew away, but after watching Owlet 1 huddling on a distant branch for almost a solid day, it started hanging on a lot tighter as it practiced it’s flapping skills! We don’t have much more time before they both are out of the nest, but I think they’re all happy for the nice roomy nest for the time being!

One of the cam volunteers, Becky Racaniello captured and posted this video earlier. (After watching the videos, see additional stills below)

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In the images on the right from this morning, you see an empty nest! at about 7:02, then Owlet 2flies down from a branch, and a couple of minutes later, Owlet 1 comes back! And about 15 minutes later Mom arrives with lots of food. Owlet 2 stays glued to Owlet 1 now that it’s back home!

 

 

 

 

5 Responses to “Alarums and Excursions In The Night – and now Back Home!”

  1. L. M. Schoen says:

    I came late to the great horned owlets. Is there any video of hatching and as newborns?

    They were fascinating and funny too. Really miss them.

    Thanks.

  2. Fred says:

    Glad to see the owls were successful again this year, our Pa. eagles weren’t as lucky.

    Really enjoyed watching them and learning about their habits and behaviors. This year I got to see them right from when the first egg was laid, I missed that last year.

    Won’t be the same once they fledge and leave the nest permanently.

    Its been a pleasure to watch them, thank you!

  3. Tom Evans says:

    Thanks to everyone involved in this project. I was recuperating from surgery the past two weeks and spent most of my time watching the live feeds. I really felt sorry for O-2 in the empty nest on Sunday. You can tell it really missed O-1.

  4. Elaine says:

    Owlet #1 first came back to the nest somewhere between 1:30 and 2:00 am. The owlets stood close, leaning against one another. Then, Owlet #1 flew to the lower branches right near the nest a few times, but didn’t go far. #2 hopped on a lower branch briefly. I signed off about 2:15 am and they were huddled together in the nest. Was concerned because I don’t think they ate at all yesterday, but mom seems to have really come through with the provisions today.

  5. Someone Somewhere says:

    Thank you all for the work you’ve done this year and last to allow us to watch the owls as they raise their brood. Just like last year it will be sad not to be able to look in on them if only for a few minutes each day. Of course we all hope they have a wonderful life and raise many more young wherever they might end up.

    I wonder too about the tree the owls are in, if its dead will it be removed at some point? When that happens can you find another nesting site for the owls? I know THEY can find one but it may not be as consipicuous as this one was.

    Continued success and thanks to all!

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