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Barred Owl Chicks View The World For The First Time

6-4-15  barred owl chicks2  100 Barred Owl eggs (usually two or three) are often laid in a tree cavity, where the adult female incubates them for roughly a month. Fuzzy, white, downy chicks hatch and remain inside the tree for four or five weeks while being fed by both parents. When the young owls are two or three weeks old, their white down is replaced with gray-buff secondary down, and they gain the strength to climb up the inside of the tree and peer out at the outside world. In and out they go, perching on the rim of the nest hole for half an hour or so as they await the arrival of their next meal, and then retreating back to the safety and warmth of their nest. (Thanks to Alfred Balch, naturalist extraordinaire, for photo op.)

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11 responses

  1. Mary, have you seen the episode of Windows to the Wild that we did about Alfred?

    June 4, 2015 at 9:11 am

    • Yes. He is so incredibly knowledgeable, and it’s all from first hand observation! He’s a very special person and I so enjoy our friendship.

      June 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm

  2. Cecelia Blair

    Aren’t they beautiful! Owls have such a close relationship with trees, ressembling them so much that visually, they disappear into them . So many animals, including us, have built in physical relationships, adaptations or correspondence with trees. For us it is our upper body musculature, still largely designed in the old brachiator style.

    Mary, what about doing a book about animals who correspond to trees, in terms of outer appearances, or inner physical structures, or diet, etc. THOSE WHO DEPEND ON TREES is a possible title, I suddenly thought. I love this subject!

    June 4, 2015 at 10:10 am

    • Cecelia, I love your idea for a book and will definitely play with it! Thank you so much!

      June 4, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      • Cecelia

        I am happy that you like this idea! There are so very many animals who depend on trees, but such a book could feature just a sampling of creatures, ending with Man. Our probably ancestor Ardi shows how even after she could walk and run, she was still adapted to tree climbing.

        June 4, 2015 at 11:37 pm

  3. Love!… “Who cooks for us?…”

    June 4, 2015 at 10:59 am

  4. Marvelous little fluff-balls!

    June 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  5. They don’t look overly impressed.

    June 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

  6. Dean and Susan Greenberg

    Fantastic shot, Mary!!

    June 4, 2015 at 4:56 pm

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