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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. Three eggs were laid in mid-March then hatched in mid-April. 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 Joy, Kindness, and Hope. 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 2019 Barred Owl Cam highlights here.

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 11, 2020.

First egg laid: March 9, 2020
Second egg laid: March 11, 2020
Third egg laid: March 14, 2020

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

First egg hatched: Joy, the owlet, hatched about 2:30 am on April 11, 2020
Second egg hatched: Kindness, the owlet, hatched about 10:00 pm on April 11, 2020
Third egg hatched: Hope, the owlet, hatched about 3:00 pm on April, 14, 2020

First Owlet fledged: Joy fledged at 6:03 am on May 15, 2020
Second Owlet fledged: Kindness fledged at 6:12 am on May 16, 2020
Third Owlet fledged: Hope fledged at 6:15 am on May 17, 2020

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