Is anyone else but me having a hard time seeing the 2nd cam? (From our view, the right, and zoomed in cam).
Yes, it looks like it needs to be refocused and have the settings set to night time
Just wanted to make sure its not just me having the view problem….. Yes, most likely.
I’m sure that Pete will readjust the camera for night when he can. Until then, we have the other camera so we can still see what is going on.
I’m sure…… Yes, its great having 2 cams!! Thank you Pete!!
Dropped in to find Mrs Spots feeding the chicks with a decent sized rat snack.
Most of what’s going on is obscured, but a feeding it is!
Feeding lasted over 20 minutes, and when done, looks like all are in a food coma. Noowl was vocalizing and all seemed nappy and happy.
2 PM . . . . . . . . . . . 5:30 PM. Not difficult to tell the oldest from the youngest. Watch them grow!!!
Ohh I know….. Its pretty darn easy to tell who’s older. Great pictures Pantha!
I found this about BNOWS: “Barn Owl females are somewhat showier than males. She has a more reddish and more heavily spotted chest. The spots may indicate the quality of the female. Heavily spotted females get fewer parasitic flies and may be more resistant to parasites and diseases. The spots may also stimulate the male to help more at the nest. In an experiment where some females’ spots were removed, their mates fed their nestlings less often than for females whose spots were left alone”.
So, our beauty is a high quality female….I was sure of this…and a good mommy, too!
Wow, very interesting! What site did that come from?
She is such a good mommy. so adorable.
So egg #5 is at 32 days gestation. It seems all her eggs hatched at least 32 days or later. Hummm? I wonder why her babies are coming so late? Are the 28 to 30 days gestation time just an average rule of thumb and not set in stone? Obviously not for her. Please come today baby #5. Tomorrow I will be at church and I just know I’ll miss your hatching!
Incubation period for BNOW is 29-34 days (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)…so, she is “by the book”:)
Thank you! Now it all makes sense! So what was posted on this site was wrong then.
The remaining egg certainly looks beat up. Babies are adorable.
Probably just dirt on it.
From last night around midnight:
And just where do you think you’re going? Note the “fuzz – feathers” on the chick. :)
Anyone know what kind of prey she is feeding the babies? She has a few in her little nest, but the one she is feeding them now, (2:25pm pst) is quite large and does not have the feet of a mouse or rat.
It kind of looks like a small gopher or prairie dog.
Also about what time do they feed the babies, so I check back in on them
While Mr. Spots has seemed to pop in with prey between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm PST, remember they are wild birds. No clock, No rodent take out. Feeding takes place on nature’s schedule. Also, often she has prey stored in what viewers refer to as “the pantry”, so she sometimes feeds during the day as well.
She was feeding them a few hours ago – around 11 I think.
I usually try to watch between about 7:30 and 8:30 (pm, pdt) – there’s almost always a couple of visits including food delivery and feeding.
How many babies are there in the nest and how old are they?
There are 4 babies and one egg ready to hatch any day. Mama feeds them several times a day. Mr. Owl shows up between 7:45 and 8:30 pst every night with a mouse or rat. He pops in and out several times a night, sometimes with a gift sometimes just to mate. :)
Does are beautiful mama ever get sleep??
I’ve had that same thought, have also wondered if she ever gets to eat since she’s always feeding the babies, but she’s chowing down right now while the kids are sleeping.
I’m sure birds have a different kind of sleep pattern than us humans do. She sits on those babies most of the day and gets her rest here and there. We always compare animals to ourselves and it’s not the same at all.
Think she done with the eggs…. she’.s not keeping it warm any more seem’s like it’s pushed out now
She tucked it back under her, I was worried she’d given up too, but I think she just didn’t realize it wasn’t under the owlet huddle.
If the 3rd egg is inert, all of the other 4 were hatched on schedule. Therefore, there is a good chance that the incubation has been done. Four owlets, that’s a great job.
Wophie, why do you think it is the 3rd egg? (curious)
Wow….that is a big prey item. Looks l ike it migh be a baby bunny (sorry bunny).
I saw a long tail, so not a bunny : )
It looks like a bunny’s legs, so we need a southern Californian mammal with bunny-legs and a long tail.
I see the egg now.. whew….
Oh dear.. did I miss the #5 hatching? I still only see four.. I see an egg remnant.. Hope I didn’t miss too much.. I’m addicted… (smile) GRAND still pictures also… g
I notice that this mom is feeding the kids more fur than other moms I’ve seen. Not very nutritious mom. I suppose there is nourishment in the skin though. Owls know best.
MrsSpots is getting ready to serve up a meal.
Yep, one owlet stared into the camera with half OPENED EYES! Now she will have a lot of work on her hands with curious babies seeing the world.
Yes, those pesky ants are back again! Good morning all!