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Experience a Day in the Life of a Barred Owl Family

By Wild Birds Unlimited
Photographs courtesy of Wild Birds Unlimited

We have “egg-citing” news! Our barred owl family has returned. You can visit the family here: https://www.wbu.com/owl-cam/. The live-streaming video captures the daily lives of our barred owl family, from first roost to final fledge. You can also view highlight videos on the page, via a link to our X (Twitter) social media account, @WBU_Inc.

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Mama owl began checking out the box in mid-February. Papa owl continues to bring her a variety of tasty treats, from crayfish to, oh my, blue jays! The first egg was laid on February 26, the second on the 29th and the third egg was laid on March 3, 2024.

Mama owl was so attentive and sat on her eggs round the clock. Incubation typically lasts 28–33 days from when the first or second egg is laid. Now we have three baby owlets. The first egg hatched March 31, the second egg on March 31st and the third egg on April 2, 2024. 

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The owlets are covered with a fine down and began to beg for food moments after hatching. The young owls will leave the nest at approximately four to five weeks of age and remain in the branches of the nest tree until they are able to fly at around 10 weeks of age. The siblings will stay together throughout the summer and are fed by their parents. Then the young will strike out on their own in early fall when the parents slowly wean them from feedings.

Wild Birds Unlimited and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology encourages everyone to stay tuned.


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