The owls returned to the nest box this spring. Two eggs were laid in early March then hatched in early 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 Fluff and Puff. The owlets grew and grew, then finally fledged on May 7th. Just like that, the season ended just as quickly as it began.
Can’t wait till next year to see the Owls? Learn about the history of the Owl Box here. You can watch the 2018 Barred Owl Cam highlights below.
2018 Owl Cam Season Highlights:
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.
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 26, 2019
First egg laid: March 1, 2019
Second egg laid: March 4, 2019
Incubation typically lasts 28 – 33 days from when the first or second egg is laid.
First egg hatched: April 3, 2019
Second egg hatched: April 4, 2019
Oldest owlet fledged: Fluff fledged on May 7, 2019
Youngest owlet fledged: Puff fledged on May 7, 2019