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Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam

The owlets have successfully fledged! Thank you for watching this year’s Owl Cam!

The owls returned to the nest box this spring. Two eggs were laid, the first on March 8th and the second on March 11th. The eggs then hatched on April 9th and April 11th. From incubation, to bringing all sorts of food to the nest box, preening, and more–Mama and Papa Owl were both very busy taking care of Hickory and Pignut. The owlets grew and grew, then finally fledged in mid-May. Just like that, the season ended just as quickly as it began.

Learn about the history of the Owl Box here.  You can watch the 2020 Barred Owl Cam highlights here.

Owlet on box

Owl Cam 1: Inside the Nest Box – Come back next year to see this cam. 

Jim Carpenter, Founder & CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, has hosted the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam in his wooded backyard for almost 20 years. You can watch the entire process as it happens, from the eggs hatching all the way up to the owlets fledgling.

owlet in box

Owl Cam 2: Outside the Nest Box – Come back next year to see this cam.

We’ve installed a second camera so you can see the nest box opening from the outside. Watch for Papa Owl to bring food to Mama and see all of their comings and goings. Later in the season, you’ll be able to see the nestlings once they begin peering out of the nest box entrance prior to branching.

Owl Cam Timeline: 

Mama Owl checked out the box on: February 13, 2021.

First egg laid: March 8, 2021 at 2:56 PM
Second egg laid: March 11, 2021 at 02:54 AM

Incubation typically lasts 28 – 33 days from when the first or second egg is laid.

First egg hatched: April 9, 2021 at 7:50 PM
Second egg hatched: April 11, 2021 at 8:30 AM

First Owlet (Hickory) fledged: May 14, 2021 at 8:42 PM
Second Owlet (Pignut) fledged: May 15, 2021 at 4:19 PM

To learn more about Barred Owls, visit All About Birds by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.