May 17, 2010
AM, T=72F, calm and hazy.
5:45am, faint rasping from the nestbox branches over the neighbors’ roof. The fledglings haven’t moved much yet from where they ended up last night. Parents are feeding them about every 10min (whenever they catch something).
6:15am, now light enough for all the other birds to have woken up and discovered the owlets; jays, mocking bird, a robin. The jays are silent, just jumping around. The adult owls respond, also silently, by making swooping passes at them, bill clapping quietly in annoyance and warning.
6:40am, adult flew way up into the upper third of the canopy, as high above the nestbox as the nestbox is from the ground; gave soft monotonic trill twice and has settled in. Suspect the other owlet/s are up there. Can’t find either parent but know they are close.
4:00pm, Spotted all three owlets roosting close together, pic. They are at the distal end of the branch they marched out onto when fledging.
PM, T=77F, cloudy, thunderstorms passing to north
We were surprised to discover that the male owl was roosting in the Boy Box. He flew from this box at 8:19pm, heading south towards Cherry Laurel and compost-pile area. By 8:30pm, owlets were shifting positions in their high, canopy zone, flying at least 10’ laterally to the south. One owlet misjudged his “short hop” and ended up flapping down almost back to the nest box, which necessitated a long hike back up the branch to the day roost. On the second try, he was able to follow his siblings on their southward shift. After dark, the owlets are making fairly constant rasping calls as they beg for food. C observed at least 2 feeding events. Her impression was that the female is feeding the owlets, while the male stands guard above the Honda Branch, 6O feet away.
May 17, 2010