Jim Carpenter, Founder & CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, has hosted a camera-equipped owl box in his wooded backyard for almost 20 years. Set more than 30 feet high against the trunk of a pignut hickory tree, the box has been home to a series of occupants, including squirrels and raccoons. Earlier this spring, a mama Barred Owl set up residence in the nest box to raise a family with her mate. In March, she has laid three eggs, on the 5th, 7th and 9th. All hatched in April, 4th, 8th and 10th. The owlets fledged the nest May 10th, 11th and 12th. 2017 marks the fourth consecutive year the nest box has attracted a Barred Owl family. 2017 also marks the second annual “Name the Baby Owlets,” contest. This year we had more than 4500 viewers participate in the naming contest. The winning names were Sunflower, Millet and Peanut.