Mom Feeds Hungry Owlet on Windy, Raining Morning

Here’s some fairly clear video of this morning about 7:00 am. Mom has some prey in the nest from earlier. (Did anyone see whether she brought it or whether Dad dropped it off?) She begins feeding, sheltering the owlet from the wind and rain with her wings, and also holding herself up with the wings so she can use the talons on both feet to hold the prey while she pulls off little bits for her hatchling and bites for herself. At the end of the video the infrared illumination turns off just at first light and the rays of the morning sun begin to appear. This is one cute owl!!

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  1. I was watching this afternoon and she took a flyabout. The baby Owlet is sure cute. I have not seen Dad very much, compared to the GHO’s in Oklahoma.
    Can I ask a question as to why she was screeching this afternoon.

    • Generally, the screech is a “feed me” call to let Dad know she is feeling peckish. Of course, owls can’t just open the snack cupboard whenever they want food, so if Dad wasn’t finding a handy prey item just then, he might not have been able to comply with the request.

  2. I don’t think I’ve seen her leave the nest since the 1st egg hatched, or did I miss that? I assume she won’t, as it’s too fragile and vulnerable to predators, so she is dependent on Pops to bring food.
    Just heard her calling and looking around…

  3. She was carrying the marsh hen when she returned to the nest after giving us the first look at the hatchling – somewhere around 6:20 the evening of the 3rd.

  4. Do owls add feathers to their nest by the normal process of losing them, or do they somehow pull a few extra ones out? Do they grow extra feathers for this when breeding?

    thanks

    • Female owls drop a number of belly feathers near their brood patch just before they start incubating their eggs. In addition, they may lose quite a few feathers from contact with the sticks in the nest. But they don’t seem to attempt to move these discarded feathers to where the eggs and chicks are, so I don’t think they’re pulling out feathers just to line the nest. They will regrow all the missing feathers when they have their next full body molt, which occurs in the spring to fall seasons when they are not nesting.

  5. Couldn’t tell what she was feeding the baby; but the owlet has sure grown already!! Such a sweet little face..