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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).

Watch Our Barred Owl Nest Cam!

A mama Barred Owl has set up residence in our owl nest box again this year. Jim Carpenter, Founder & CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, has hosted a camera-equipped owl box in his backyard for many years and a Mama owl moved into the box in late March. If all goes well, we can expect the owlets to leave the nest four to five weeks after hatching.

Here's a timeline of what's happened so far:

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

Stop by often to watch the live streaming video from the nest box 24 hours a day!

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See more bird cams at All About Birds - from our partners at Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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