The Barn Owls of San Marcos
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This is a really, really nice site! Congratulations. It looks so elegant!
Carlos and Donnna, thank you so much for this wonderful and amazing experence. So many people are enjoying your webcam of Molly, McGee and the owlets.
— from a loyal owlaholic, Melanie
P.S. I live in Media, PA
Thank you for the informative blog! Very nice! From St Louis Missouri area.
I have NEVER chatted before Molly. I have had tears, at least once a day, “owlbumps” and a million laughs since watching Molly everyday..What wonderful people the Royals are to bring the WHOLE WORLD together on this wonderful adventure. Young, old and children have all benefited from this wonderful journey.
I was 1 of the first viewers of Molly..I remember well when Carlos announced in chat that he was going to attempt a F/B page for Molly..just look at how far we have come now … :-)
Popping in from Ligonier, Westmoreland COunty, PA (About 50 miles east of Pittsburgh). What a great site you have put together!
This is so informative and concise and interesting! I’m sure it will be a great help to refer people here to help answer all of their questions. I’m from Rancho Bernardo, CA, about 10 miles east of Molly.
This is a great blog; the FAQs are fantastic! Only thing I’d add at this point are portraits of Molly and McGee. Well done, Jenny!
PS: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Molly is featured in my blog this week!
Wonderful job of providing valuable facts. Great Job.
I am from Evansville, IN and have been watching Molly for about a week, after a friend from AZ sent me the link.
Wonderful people, the Royals! Keep of the good work on this site too.
Absolutely top notch job on the ‘Molly’s box’ blog!
Beautiful and informative, thank you. Big Molly fan.
A quilting friend told me about this site. Wish she hadn’t, haven’t been able to do anything else but watch Molly, Max and McGee. LOL! We live out in the country and are now interested in possibly an owl box for our 22 acres.
I have enjoyed this very much! ‘Whoo’ knew we would all be so captivated. Thank you for sharing this unique experience with us.
Carlos and Donna,
I want to thank you for the time, effort and love you have put into making Molly, McGee and their family a household name. You have brought so much love into our homes through this and when I see how many people it has brought together throughout the world I am just so amazed and thrilled. We love you and are so very proud of you. Thank you for this experience.
p.s. West Chester, PA!
Great site, great job…. to ALL of you… if anyone needs any help (computer wise) or if you need proofreading or anything, I would love to help you…. let me know. Keep up the AWESOME job.
What a great addition to the Molly Owlbox site! Well done and very informative ~ thank you one & all who have contributed to the Molly & McGee Family event! Donna and Carlos we can never adequately thank you for sharing this incredibly positive, fun and educational event. You have given the whole world a wonderful experience. Many of us can happily say we are Mollyaddicts and be proud of it!
Happy to be a Mollyaddict from Cardiff by the Sea, California (not too far from Mollyville). :o)
I am thrilled to be an observer with these nesting owls! I have such a huge appreciation for the Royals and Owl Staffers! You all inspire curiousity and excitement about the natural world. As a science teacher here in San Marcos of 7th graders, this has been such a wonderful alternative for them to spend time on and actually participte with their family! Thank you.
You have fulfilled my wish to have eyes inside the owl box in my next door neighbors yard here in Oceanside. Our 2nd nest occupation is in pregress. The owlets inside are older than Molly’s and call for food from dusk until daylight. Music to my ears!
The parent(s)comes flying in making that clicking noise we have heard Molly make. Last year a racoon was snooping around-the owls really went off-wow-we were panicking until we figured out what was going on. (you’d think we were the parents-sure you know the feeling) If I go out in the back yard when the male is around he comes and sits in the top of the nearby cypress tree & hisses at me. Not sure if he is saying hi or get back in your house. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy …this gift you are sharing with all of us is absolutely precious. I haven’t had a totally hot meal since last Saturday, but that’s ok – you will be forced to start the first local chapter of Owlaholics Anonymous when the half million of us go thru withdrawels together after fledging..a whole new blog for you to think about. Hugs to you both & your internet savvy grandson.
Thank you so much for putting this together! What a great resource! I’m from Huntington Beach, California.
This very intimate view into the lives of Molly and Magee has been an eye-opening experience. The tenderness Molly shows in caring for her owlets is almost humbling. There are many lessons here for us, wildlife lessons as well as “life” lessons. It would be a better world if all humans imitated this couple in their devotion and care for each other and their offspring.
Many thanks to all who have made this possible.
(from Richmond, VA)
Hi Carlos and Donna! I’ve become an “owl-a-holic” watching Molly, McGee and their family. I have heard a couple of your live broadcasts to Pattison Elem and really enjoyed that. Many, many thanks for all the time you have put in to share this with the world!
My kids and I are loving this! Thanks for sharing one of God’s beautiful creations! Watching from Hooksett, New Hampshire.
Thank you so much for setting this up! Wonderfully educational and fun for all ages :)
Learned about Molly from either theawl.com or neatorama.com (can’t remember which). Now I check in several times a day.
I’m in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I posted your site on my Facebook page twice, just trying to share my own excitement. I cannot get enough of Molly and her babies. May McGee be safe and sound until the babies have fledged and flown. I have always loved OWLS and thank the Royals for sharing this with the world
This is a wonderful thing you’re doing for all, adults and children, and a great learning experience for us. Thank you Carlos and Donna, and a big thanks to Austin for getting the technology going!! Congrats on all the world wide recognition!! So nice to see something enjoyable and worthwhile on the news!!
From Waterloo, IL (just across the Mississippi from St. Louis, MO)
here’s some info i researched thru google.i know you already have some but just sending the whole thing. everything came from research thru google, just didn’t think to include urls til later.
Research Info: “feak”ing describes a bird rubbing/wiping its beak on its perch to clean & remove excess matter from its beak after eating.
Owls leave nest as is 2 b reused up 2 10yrs/more by same/new owls; broken pellets build up w/o ill effect. Ammonia odor repels ants,flies,etc. By reusing nests, no need 2 lay eggs on bare surface.
Owls do not construct nests as such; they r opportunistic nesters, using ready-made sites, taking over abandoned nests of other birds. Owls try 2 reoccupy same nesting territory in consecutive yrs.
female owls have a sparsely feathered area on their bellies called a brood patch. The almost bare skin has a high density of blood vessels, providing a direct source of warmth when in contact with the brood.
Owl chicks hatch with the aid of an Egg Tooth – a unique protrusion on the beak, common to all birds, which drops off a week or two after hatching.
Owls have the locking, ratchet-like mechanism in their foot which keeps the toes locked around a perch or prey without the need for the muscles to remain contracted.
owls will bob and weave their head, as if curious about something – this is in fact to further improve their three-dimensional concept of what they are viewing. (also in wesley the owl)
the more spots a female owl has, the more attractive she is to males because it means she is healthier & that she & her chix will be more resistant to parasites. (oxfordjournals. org)
When youngest owlet is 3 weeks, female stops
brooding & starts to hunt. Soon after, adults start to roost away from nest, returning
each evening to feed the young. -per web research
LocksParkFarm had same BOs 4 sev yrs then,1 day the female was gone. Devastated male: moped and called 4 her. Got new mate, but the previous intimacy/care were gone. Smaller brood,not as succesful. Think mate has changd each yr since
Although there is some squabbling over food, evidence suggests that nestlings may actually share food with their younger nestmates. after bout 2 wks the young can swallow their prey whole.
the female will eat owlettes feces until the youngest nestling is about 10 days old. Older nestlings will defecate over the edges of the nest
screech owl chicks have the strange & useful talent of tree climbing. If they fall before they can fly, these owlets can climb, using their talons, beaks and wings, back up the tree trunk to the nest.
A distinguishing characteristic that helps determine sex of a Barn Owl is the marking on breast. a largely white chest is typical of males; females have larger & darker spotting on the breast
owls recognize themselves in a mirror, which usually only humans & great apes can do; & relate to others in the way humans relate to each other in mirrors. -per wesley the owl
owls fledge @ 49-54 days of age. (to fledge may meanwhen they r physically capable of flying OR when mature enough to leave parents) they leave nest after honing hunting skills for bout 1wk.
Screech-owls are typical owls (Strigidae) belonging to the genus Megascops. The common name “screech-owl” is sometimes used for the not closely related Barn Owl as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screech-Owls
You have a broken link: the one to transferit above should be http://www.transferit.com/theowlbox
Great site! Thank you.
The experience of watching Molly and owlets has been so educational for this adult. And truly love that people are getting involved–this can only help us humans become aware and appreciate other species.
Debbie from TX
I’ve created a blog post about Molly and McGee and you probably don’t mind that I used Molly’s picture to illustrate her beauty, but can you let me know if you’d rather I didn’t use it?
I love what you’ve done for everyone! Thank you!
Thank You to the Royal Family!! This is a wonderful thing you’ve done. I just love Molly and her family.I watch all the time,not getting much sleep but that’s okay!! Thank You Again
Thank you so much for the information provided here. One request? Please post the daily happenings, maybe even in summary form, so we could check in here each morning and see what happened the night/evening before? It seems to be asked for often on the owl box at ustream, so I thought it would be neat to have a permanent record of events. It sounds like someone is keeping track out there. :) Thank you again for all the wonderful work that you and everyone involved have done. This has been priceless!
What a wonderful phenomenon Molly and McGee are! I think it shows that even with all of our amazing technology we still have a deep need for nature in our lives. The educational aspect of this has been so valuable. I especially like the suggestions for helping owls. One more important thing people can do for all wildlife is to kick the yard poison habit. Pesticides and herbicides are very harmful to wild animals as well as children and pets. Let your yard go naturally beautiful!
I pre ordered my book where is it?
One of my office mates told me about Molly laying eggs again. I thought I would check Royal and Donna’s site to see what I’ve missed. I am from the University of So. CAL. I appreciated the owls from the time they were all fuzzy. I fell in love.
These owls have given me so much enjoyment. I love Carlos and Donna for all the work and dedication they have given these owls. The people on chat are the best.
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