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Barred Owls Fledging (But Not Flying Yet)

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If you heard Barred Owls calling this winter, and have occasionally spotted one in the same vicinity this spring, now is the time to start looking up at the canopy to see if they produced any young owls. Having spent four or five weeks in a tree cavity being fed and cared for by their parents, Barred Owl nestlings get the urge to spread their talons (and eventually their wings) and leave their nest about this time of year. It will be roughly another month before they begin short flights; until then the fledglings are referred to as “branchers,” as that is where you will find them, perched and begging for food from their parents, who will continue to feed them until late summer or fall. (If you know a youngster who is captivated by owls, they might enjoy reading Otis the Owl by yours truly!)

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5 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    What adorable fluff balls. ‘Otis the Owl¡ is a wonderful book!

    May 23, 2018 at 8:08 am

  2. Cheron barton

    These are around.. have u seen evidence?

    Sent from my iPhone

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    May 23, 2018 at 8:22 am

  3. Do you think ours is a hunting parent?

    Sent from my mobile device so please excuse the brevity and any typos.

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    May 23, 2018 at 9:24 am

  4. Carol Coddington

    I hear our usual Barred Owls and the owlets in our back woods. Last year we had an orphan near our house ….fed it raw chicken….it finally grew old enough to take off …it was quite an experience to watch it grow with inborn instincts

    May 23, 2018 at 9:58 am

  5. Debbie Lyons

    YAAAASSSS. They were loud flyers too. When we got the light on them, they were whitish. Babies!!!

    -Debbie

    On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 8:02 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” If you heard Barred Owls calling this winter, and > have occasionally spotted one in the same vicinity this spring, now is the > time to start looking up at the canopy to see if they produced any young > owls. Having spent four or five weeks in a tree cavity ” >

    May 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

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