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Barred Owl Chicks Fledging

6-18-15  barred owl fledged 155The fledging of flightless Barred Owl chicks takes place four or five weeks after they hatch. Typically they perch on the rim of the nest cavity before climbing to a nearby branch. If there are no branches close by, the chicks will drop to the ground and climb a nearby leaning tree, where they perch and are fed by their parents. Juvenile Barred Owls begin short flights at approximately 10 weeks of age, attaining longer flights by 12 weeks. They are now learning to hunt, but continue to be fed by their parents until late summer or early fall. (Thanks to Alfred Balch for photo op.)

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5 responses

  1. Joan Wadleigh Curran

    An owl friend

    Sent from my iPad


    June 19, 2015 at 8:12 am

  2. Marilyn

    That seems risky! (As is life, of course.) Does a parent stay nearby to ward off potential diners?

    June 19, 2015 at 8:33 am

  3. At least one parent is usually in the vicinity and would probably hear any commotion!

    June 19, 2015 at 8:59 am

  4. great photo

    June 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

  5. Kathryn

    This fellow looks more baffled than wise!

    June 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

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