Comments from the 2011 nesting season.
Those talons are formidable
Hmmm, is that the injured one in front that was putting weight on the banded leg? Did anyone notice the head bobbing up and down as if to say, ‘yes yes yes, I can do it!’ lol
Goodness, is anyone else watching the on going sib allopreening. At least that’s what it looks like to me.
The sibling was lifting the injured foot. It’s where he dropped it. Now he’s stepping on it. Nibbling.
Some baby owls in N. California
thanks for that link, jennifer.
Owlet in center was just being preened by its sibling to the right. It looks as if they are in a huddle planning their launch strategy for tonight! lol
The huddle of three!
Glad I refreshed the page just before I posted the exact same picture as you. Too funny at times with our similar captures. Hope all goes well at the launch.
Is this the injured one in the front and center?
It looks like it Emma… it appears that it is not putting any weight on it. How many owlets are in the Ritz? 3 or 4?
One of the other owlets caused our injured owlet to move and it definitely had something to say about that. Hopefully the parents are still feeding, because I really can’t picture this one getting food on its own.
Yesterday the injured one was resting his foot on a pellet and it just occured to me: Perhaps there are some ancient mystical healing powers in pellets that the owls know about and we don’t?……LOL. OK, not crazy, just letting go of some leftover tension.
Good to start the eve out with humor, Pantha. However, we really don’t know all there is to know about such matters, so hey, maybe, just having the pellet as a ‘talon-stool’, kinda like a ‘foot stool’ is helpful!!! So, yeah, healing powers indeed! As the eve begins, I’m wondering how much longer these owlets will return, injured or otherwise. Does anyone have an idea about how many days owlets usually stick around their home nest before complete separation. I’m sure that it varies, but is there a range?? OK before anyone tells me, I’ll check FAQ, but am interested in thoughts of exp. viewers as well.
P.S. just asking about when they might permanently depart because I will certainly miss the ‘better than TV reality show’ this fam has provided for months now. So tonight, I’ll keep that in mind as I once again watch their antics and their forays into their ‘world outside the Ritz’. And maybe I’ll have a sniff sniff moment!
I agree with this being better than anything on TV. I have a hard time thinking about them all being gone. They have brought SO MUCH joy (and some heartache)
Emma, you make me laugh, big time! I like your thoughts on the pellet-stool, foot-stool theory… and it’s ‘only’ 8:04 pm!! We still have several hours for our minds to wander, don’t we? I checked out the branch on rt. cam… yes, it’s NOT a fire hose with water gushing out… only a branch like jac said!! I hope these owlets NEVER leave, but I am looking forward to another clutch! I feel like cancelling my Time Warner Cable for this… much better entertainment… and much cheaper!
just read past comments on injured owlet and also Petes info, Just want to know what people have seen of him last night or today. Did he fly is he still favoring it, etc. thanks!
Hi Paula, as you probably read the injured owlet did fly out last eve and did return sometime. It, along with the other two, have been fairly quiet when I’ve checked throughout the day. I have observed it kind of hop/jump a couple of times and have read that it has been observed putting some weight on the foot/talon/leg. It does seem that the injured area still bothers the owlet. Hopt that’s the info you wanted.
wow, the pic on the right is so very clear right now! Feel as if I’m right there looking up! The trio of owlets still seem to be catching afternoon zzzz’s!
Good for getting pictures!
Was that you who thought it looked like a fire hose last night?
No, not me Pantha! But I was conversing with someone who posted that. We had a good laugh! Someone else thought maybe the water from the firehose! I thought it was a tree branch/limb. :)
I got a chuckle out of that conversation. Really needed a good laugh to break the tension from yesterday. I stayed up waaaaay too late last night.
Hi Emma & Pantha, that was me who thought the far right branch looked like a firehose… with water gushing, of course! I agree Pantha, I stayed up way too late, too… 3am too late! lol I was having a good laugh, too… at what I was posting to Emma… something about a hoarse rasper… not horse! And I think I had hoarse rasping dreams too! lol
From last night, 8 pm local time.
jmm, that’s a great shot of the two. Thanks for posting.
Big wind just came “blowing” in. Saw a bird go by with a tail wind. I think it was a coppery tailed something or other.
Appears the passing bees have done just that.
They have passed.
Notice the owlet to the left peeking out to see what all of that ‘buzzing’ is about…lots of bees this afternoon.
Imagine…’If I turn my head this way, will it scare the bees out of my house????’
it looked like one big one landed on the back of our injured one. The sib just looked at it, like hey get off.
Great, airplaine size bee’s…just what they need now.
The bees are really bad today..grrr Wonder if they are looking to start a hive in the cavity?
The injured owl looks good at the moment. Sure doesn’t look like it has missed any meals.
we are learning about these it is cool hi mrs castro
this is coll i saw it fly hi mrs castro