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Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam

The WBU Owl Cam is livestreaming now! A mama Barred Owl has set up residence in our owl nest box again this year and you can see inside with our WBU Owl Cam. If all goes well, we can expect the owlets to start hatching in mid-April. They’ll leave the nest four to five weeks after hatching.

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

It’s official! The 2021 barred owl chicks are named Hickory and Pignut. Thanks to the more than 3600 participants that suggested names for the owlets. We hope you enjoy watching Hickory and Pignut as they continue their development in the nest box for the next couple of weeks before they head out into the surrounding forest. Click here to see a note from Jim Carpenter about the selection process and how he chose the winning names.

*Cornell will be in touch with the prize winners soon.

Owl Cam 1: Inside the Nest Box 

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.

Owl Cam 2: Outside the Nest Box

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:
Second Owlet (Pignut) fledged:

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