Dad Brings a Lunch Snack

The owlets have been chowing down on rats pretty often for the last few days (although that squirrel three days ago was a welcome addition!). So today Dad stops by around 1:30 with a tasty snake. Looks like he got the first half, and Mom will see to it that the kids will get the rest. Notice the sharp images from Cam2 the approach cam. Here’s 5 pictures of the arrival, handoff, and departure for more hunting.

Note you can click on any of the pictures to see a high resolution image. Try it!

2016-03-18 at 1.33 PM Dad brings food 1   2016-03-18 at 1.33 PM Dad brings food 2   2016-03-18 at 1.33 PM Dad brings food 3   2016-03-18 at 1.33 PM Dad brings food 4   2016-03-18 at 1.33 PM Dad brings food 5

The Owlets are really growing!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah! The Owlets are getting so big, and they’re hungry all the time. Mom brought food at around 5:00 and the owlets got to eat their fill, but she’s been gone for a while now and we get to see the owlets show off their wings with all their growing feathers. When will they start exploring the branches and trying these new wings? Stay tuned!

Did you bring us something, Mom?

Today at about 4:45 am, a favorite hunting and feeding time for the owls, Mom jumps off the nest for 8 minutes and returns with a nice rat. The two owlets are hungry all the time, and the big one tries to swallow the rat whole, but Mom intervenes. These birds are growing fast!!

 

Owlets Feast This Morning!

About 6:00 on March 7th Mom heard Dad approaching and hopped off the nest for exactly one minute. She apparently rendezvoused with Dad and picked up a fresh meal for the owlets.

The two owlets, now 8 and 11 days old, made short work of the meal. The larger seemed to get the lion’s share, but Mom made sure that both got what they needed. They eat like teenagers! In particular, notice what a huge piece of the prey that the larger owlet was able to wolf down near the end of the film. Even though “lion’s share” and “wolf down” may seem the wrong species (not to mention genus!), the Great Horned Owl is often called the Tiger Owl, partly due to its coloration but even moreso for its fearsomeness as a hunter!

Breakfast in Bed (with Heated Down Comforter)!

The owlet has a big biteMom carefully feeds an owletMom’s carefully passing pieces of food to one of the Owlets, who promptly drops it. She picks it up and offers it again and finally the owlet swallows it.

 

 

 

 

 

Note there’s plenty of prey in the nest, but it’s been going fast. Mom needs plenty of food to keep the owlets warm, and they are growing fast and need that fuel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Owlets Being Fed

 

 

 

 

Snuggled next to Mom’s brood patch, they’ve got their own heated down comforter to keep them toasty…

Screenshot_2016-03-02-06-30-20

The Pantry’s Full, The Owlets are Growing

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 6.48.53 AMMom took a quick break at around 6:00 this morning, giving us a great view of the two owlets. They are doing the usual slow motion wrestling match, and staying close to each other for warmth.

Dad’s been bringing prey to neighboring trees so that Mom can retrieve it without being gone too long. The owlets were just over an ounce in weight when they hatched, and they have started gaining a little over an ounce a day. If all goes well, by the end of the first month they will weigh in the neighborhood of 2 pounds each! They are going to need lots of food to gain all that weight, and so far it looks like they will have all they can eat!

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 6.45.44 AM

Finally Some Food!

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 6.42.48 PMWell, it was a long wait for the new owlet to have its first meal since hatching!

The hatch was sometime very early on Sunday morning, but Mom kept the new owlet and its sibling covered and warm through the night and then didn’t have any prey in the nest during the day.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 9.02.51 PM

 

 

 

 

Finally about two hours after dark on Sunday, Dad brought a rat and stashed it in an adjacent tree.  Mom hopped out of the nest to quickly retrieve it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 7.36.39 AMThen overnight Dad kept bringing more food and this morning Mom and the owlets have a very full pantry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 7.37.07 AM

 

Notice how carefully Mom steps around the owlets – she has her huge talons folded
completely back so her footprint is now much smaller AND much less sharp!

 

 

The DVR “Loopback” is Back!

You should notice that the camera menu above the main video window has changed. There are now entries for the view from Cams 1 & 2, DVR’s for Cams 1 & 2 and Time-Lapse Videos for Cams 1 & 2. Please let us know if there are any problems with this new capability!

 

Cam1 Cam2 Cam1 DVR Cam2 DVR Cam1 TL Cam2 TL

 

And check out this Cheeky Squirrel from yesterday afternoon. It was the owlet’s third feeding on his hatch day, and this squirrel was very curious about what was going on. You have to ask yourself what that squirrel was thinking as it watched mom feeding the owlet. The squirrel had better hope the next visit to the GHOW nest is not a one way trip!

HatchDay Preparation

In this short video, we get a good look at Mom taking a food break about 2:30 am on Wednesday February 24, a day we hope will come to be known as HatchDay for owlet number one. We don’t see the pip in this video, but saw it clearly in still shots later in the morning, about 5:30. In this video, Mom clearly sees her mate bring food to a nearby tree and she takes a short break from the nest to retrieve it. Did she eat anything herself while she was away? Did she get a chance for a bathroom break? Is this the day?? Stay tuned!