The Games Mother’s Play
September 12, 2010
Molly spent most of the night playing games with her owlets taking food in and out. Many times she would take the same treat out of the box only to turn around and bring it back in as if it was a fresh treat. Molly was trying to trick the owlets into eating all the food not just the fresh treats. Both Molly and McGee share in bringing in the food for the owlets. Even though Ashley was 5 weeks yesterday and Carrie is 5 weeks today, Ashley is at least a third bigger than Carrie. Most are speculating that Ashley is a female and Carrie is a male. With barn owls the females are larger than the males.
To the relief of Molly Watchers the juvenile Cooper’s hawk did not return but Callie the female kestrel was back on top of the owl box for lunch… a small lizard. Callie has been looking for a mate but so far no luck. We have not seen any male kestrels in the area. Molly horked an owl pellet on top of the kestrel box night before last as far as I know it is still their. Many say she did that as a warning to the juvenile hawk but I think it was just time to cast a pellet.
Carlos, Donna and Austin