Owlets Feast This Morning!

March 7, 2016 by Rick Cunningham

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!

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