6,410 Viewer Hours, Updated Numbers
March 13, 2011
Molly definitely has six owlets; we finally managed to get a good count but no pictures to prove it yet. She laid 7 eggs and six hatched, the seventh just disappeared. We speculate that she ate it when it didn’t hatch but since we didn’t see it happen, we are not sure. Four of the owlets are big and healthy while two are much much smaller. What is interesting is that two of the eggs were about 30% smaller than the other five eggs and we wonder if these two smaller owlets came from those small eggs. The two little owlets seem to be much smaller than their age would indicate. Food has not been an issue in The Owl Box as McGee continues to bring in the rabbits and the rodents.
Molly left the owlets long enough to take a bath. How do we know? She came back wet and it wasn’t raining, in fact, it has been rather hot around here the last couple of days. If you remember, she also did this during clutch one and two. We have concluded that Barn Owls like to take a bath, especially after being cooped up in the owl box for the long brooding process or at least Molly does.
The female kestrel Caleigh, after three years of calling for a mate and then finding one, decided she did not like the box and left. We watched the male bring in food trying to get her to nest in the box but the female would just take the food and fly off. I told Donna at the time, I thought that she was rejecting the box, which is amazing considering she spent so much time calling from that box. The reason we feel they have abandon the kestrel box is we have not seen either Caleigh or Calvin for three days now. I think she wanted a nesting place where there was not so much competition. Remember the crows, the jays and the mockingbirds were all giving her a hard time while she was on the box calling.
Donna and I took a short trip to The Huntington Library and Museum in San Marino, California last week to see the gardens, the books and the paintings. We saw a 1455 Gutenberg Bible and a 1611 King James Bible. We also saw one of James Audubon’s Illustrated Books; it is what they call a “double elephant” in the book industry, about 2 feet by 3 feet in size. Now that’s a coffee table book. The book was published in 1827 and one sold in December 2010 at auction for $10.5 million. Gee, here is some fun thinking. What do you think your copy of Molly & McGee, The World’s Most Famous Barn Owls will be worth if it survives a couple hundred years. Who knows, you could be leaving your heirs a fortune or maybe not.
We strolled the Japanese, Chinese and Rose gardens, but our favorite place was the museum where they have Pinkie and Blue Boy, two of the world’s most famous paintings. Blue Boy was painted by Thomas Gainsborough in 1755 and Pinkie was painted by Thomas Lawrence in 1794. These paintings had no association until purchased by Henry Huntington in 1920. Today one painting is rarely mentioned without the other, which has caused many people to mistake them for contemporary works by the same artist, which they are not.
Molly’s video “Mom Knows Best,” has been viewed 4,850 times on YouTube. If you haven’t seen this edited version you might want to check it out at http://www.youtube.com/carloswroyal
The numbers are in for the one hour Molly Special, 7,611 unique viewers, about 3,500 at peak time for 6,410 viewer hours. That’s right, as a group you spent 6,410 hours watching the Molly Special. Plus the Molly Special Third Clutch recording has had 2,993 views. http://www.ustream.tv/theowlbox
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Carlos, Donna and Austin