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Home Delivery for Barred Owl Nestlings

email- barred owl adult & young with red-backed vole  1051Young Barred Owls are fed by their parents from the day they hatch until late summer/early fall. During their first two weeks, food is delivered by the adult male to the adult female, in a bill-to-bill exchange. The female tears up the prey into swallowable bits and feeds them to her offspring. During this time the female does little hunting, but she begins to capture prey after about two weeks of brooding the young. At about this time, the young begin consuming whole prey on their own (see photo). Female prey deliveries are greatest immediately following sunset and immediately prior to sunrise, while male prey deliveries remain fairly constant throughout the night. (Photo: Barred Owl delivering Red-backed Vole to nestling.) (Thanks to Alfred Balch for photo op.)

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4 responses

  1. Patsy

    Oh man–what a great photo, Mary.

    June 9, 2015 at 7:29 am

  2. Marilyn

    Is that a Utah Barred Owl? Beautiful shot of the adult!

    June 9, 2015 at 7:36 am

  3. Bill On The Hill...

    Great shot Mary, the adult looks smallish, I’m guessing it’s the male…
    I would love to have this encounter when out & about in the woods.

    June 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

  4. Wonderful capture, Mary. How exciting to have a nest so visible!

    June 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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