Mama Owl, who has lived in the nest box continually since early March,
…moved out in these past few days, though she’s always nearby and vigilant. I knew that her moving out meant the box has become too crowded with owlets. Daddy Owl keeps watch either in the Mountain Laurel tree or in a neighbor’s tree.
Earlier today, Mama was alert near her nest box,
…keeping her keen eyes on me,
…but also on the shenanigans of squirrels and blue jays.
She’s a beautiful bird, though I wouldn’t want to be at the caught-end of those talons.
Mama laid their first egg on March 6, the other 4 followed on an every-other-day schedule. I assume that all have hatched and today this little cutey made his/her first appearance in the big, wide world. Watching this new chick was smile-inducing and a nice gift to me today.
This owlet is too small yet to be out of the box and in the tree, so I hope its siblings don’t inadvertently push it out–that has happened to other owlets that we’ve hosted in the box(es). This little one was very curious about a new view of the world, but can’t fly, nor would it survive a fall from the box.
Welcome little owl–and be careful!