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About the Nest

Jim Carpenter, Founder & CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, has hosted a camera-equipped owl box in his wooded backyard in Zionsville, Indiana, since 1999. Set more than 30 feet high against the trunk of a pignut hickory tree, this Barred Owl box was first occupied in 2006. Since then, the box has hosted several nests.

The camera system was updated in 2013 with an Axis P3364LVE security camera and microphone mounted to the side of the box and connected to Jim’s house via 200 feet of ethernet cable. To keep predators like raccoons from investigating the nest, aluminum flashing was wrapped around the tree. An infrared illuminator in the box means you can keep track of the owls’ comings and goings throughout the night (don’t worry—the light is invisible to the owls).

Hoot and Fluff reunited on tree branch!

Hoot and Fluff are reunited on a beech tree branch just 12 feet from their nesting box!

Pretty cool way to end the day when all the box cams are empty of baby owls! Mom and Dad can easily feed both owlets from this branch.

Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam Timeline:

May 26: Fluff fledged.
May 25: Hoot fledged. See twitter feed (right side bar) for more info/photos.
May 19:
Owlets named Hoot and Fluff
Bird feeder winner: Barbara DeLong of Indianapolis. Congratulations!
April 22:
Second egg hatched
April 21: First egg hatched
Guess the Hatch Winner: Elizabeth from South Carolina. Congratulations!
March 23: Second egg laid
March 20: First egg laid

 

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Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers

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