March 15, 2011

Roark (Click for larger image)

Yes, Caleigh and Calvin, the American Kestrels, have definitely moved on for a better nesting place. We have not seen either one now for several days, not even in the surrounding trees or on the power lines above the open field nearby where we would see them hunt. We wish them the best.

On the other hand the majestic Red-shouldered hawk, Roark, continues to visit almost daily not only keeping an eye on things but getting his fill of grubs. He is out there right now as I write this blog surveying his domain.

The owlets are growing daily and Molly is starting to spend a lot of time outside of the box at night. This morning for example she returned just before daylight after being out most of the night.  She did not return with food so we are not sure if she has joined McGee in hunting for food, which she did in the first two clutches. So far all six of the owlets continue to appear healthy.  Remember, there are two that are much much smaller than the other four owlets.

We continue to make preparation for our RV travels. The new Jeep towing package has been installed and tested. We will be doing a final walk through our newer motor home with the dealer this Thursday, we traded in our older motor home in for a newer one but not a new one.  We are also waiting for better weather in the North West and Canada.

It was just about this time last year that Austin decided to make the Owl Box his Spring break school project with the final result being Molly’s Story, a documentary DVD

To order your copy of Molly & McGee, The Second Clutch go to . Eric sent me an email that the book is in the final editing and review before being shipped off for printing.

Enjoy your day,

Carlos, Donna and Austin

42 Responses to “Majestic”

  1. Couleedam (Nora) Says:

    I enjoy reading about all the creatures in your backyard so very much. Even more amazing was getting to see Molly & McGee and their third clutch the other night. Thank you so much, Carlos, Donna, and Austin for that opportunity!!! Love and Hugz, couleedam

  2. Linda Says:

    Thanks for the update, Carlos! Have a safe and special trip in your newer RV and save those memories on your camera. Love to Molly, McGee and their 3rd clutch! And to you, Donna and all your family, as well.

  3. janie2 Says:

    Please tell Donna that we are all sorry that her beloved Kestrels have moved on. Roark is gorgeous! God speed in your travels and thank you so much on the update on Molly’s babies.

  4. Betty Says:

    Carlos,I want to thank you very much for all the updates on M&M LOVE IT. When you are traveling take lots of pic’s…so you can share them with us…..have a safe trip and enjoy…..Betty

  5. Lisa A. Burns Says:

    Just gorgeous Carlos !!!! Wow…
    Thank you, and enjoy your newer RV !!
    Hugz to you and Donna!!!

  6. Lynne Morrow Says:

    Thanks as usual for the wonderful updates. We put our owl box up in December but so far have not attracted any owls except for curious little birds who come to investigate. We overlook the Mississippi River at the confluence of the Illinois River. Barn owls are endangered here in Illinois so we are waiting patiently to host an owl pair. On Sunday we were two feet from a gorgeous male barn owl that was on display at the Tree House Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Center in Dow, Ill. It was quite an experience and one we look forward to repeating.

  7. Judy Ambrose Says:

    Thanks, Carlos, for keeping us up to date on Molly and McGee. Love that. It’s also great hearing that you and Donna are doing well. Keep in touch. <3

  8. Bluebirdie Says:

    Love the pics as always. Thanks for the updates. Loved seeing M&M and the owlettes the other night. Enjoy your travels in your newer RV. Hugz To you Carlos and Donna.

  9. Lee McGrew Says:

    O’ Carlos….how we enjoy and appreciate you sharing your gift of photography. Magnificent photos of happenings in the Royale backyard.

    Wishing you and Donna superb adventures on your travels…wherever they take you..
    Peace, love, harmony and a safe journey too, Lee

  10. karen plate Says:

    Hi Carolos and Donna,
    Thanks for keeping us up to date. U guys r great at that. Even though we can’t see Molly, McGee, and the 3rd clutch it is nice that you take the time and keep us up on them. You know we miss seeing The Owl Box but it is so nice that you both can enjoy your traveling and most of all each other. So, stay safe and drive safe:) Karen

  11. Mary Jozwiak Says:

    Carlos, thank you for the gorgeous picture of Roark to add to my screen saver slide show! Fantastic picture! I hope the weather in Canada is great for your travels. Thanks for the updates on Molly and McGee and their babies! Best of luck always!

  12. Mary Jozwiak Says:

    Thank you for the gorgeous picture of Roark! I’m glad he is still hanging around your yard. Thanks also for the updates on Molly and McGee and family. Good luck on your travels and everything!

  13. Virgene Colby-auntie_vee Says:

    Enjoying your blogs and pictures, Carlos. Please keep them coming as you have time.

  14. pattiinVA (Patti Sowers) Says:

    Thank you Carlos for pics and updates. Always enjoy hearing about happenings in your back yard and yours and Donnas plans. However there is one thing I have been hoping you would tell us…How is your Granddaughter and her hubby doing in Hawaii? Did they come thru the Tsunami last Friday ok? Have been praying she did. Also have you heard from Coach? We heard she is safe and well. Thank you again Carlos. Safe travels and may God continue to bless your family.

  15. VeeTX Says:

    Thank you Carlos for the photo of Roark – he sure is a handsome fellow! I don’t remember if he has a mate or not – but they would be beautiful “hawkettes.” The updates on M&M are so appreciated.

    It’s exciting about the “newer” RV – take some pics (not the license plate though – for security reasons). I know you and Donna will really enjoy your new home on wheels – and just know how much I envy y’all – you’re living my dream and I’m happy for you.

    Keep those “cards and letters” coming – we love you gutz – safe travels and have fun!!!!

    Vee Miller (VeeTX)

  16. Becky Konkol Says:

    ‘Majestic’ is the perfect word to describe this incredibly beautiful hawk. God go w/you as you travel. Thanks again for this post.

  17. Diane Says:

    Thank you again, Carlos, for your update–I always love to hear about what is happening in your yard and on your own homefront! If you get up to Montana (in the Glacier Park/Flathead Lake area), specifically, Whitefish or Kalispell, please email me!!! Have a safe and wonderful trip!

  18. SARose69 Says:

    Thank you so much for the updates! Look forward to the occasional post from the road!

  19. Anita in Baton Rouge, LA Says:

    Thanks for the update on your upcoming travels and goings on in your lovely yard. Without your owl box cam, I’ve had to resort to desperate measures…. watching another owl cam. The camera inside the Oceanside owl box of Sydney and Mel is very nice and there are 6 owlets inside that are growing by leaps and bounds! Two of the owlets are/were a lot smaller than the other four. I’ve been concerned that the two smallest would not survive, but they have!! Sydney would feed them after the larger owlets had passed out in their food coma. The smallest owlets are now swallowing treats whole. So…. hopefully Molly’s smallest owlets will survive as well. I wouldn’t have thought it possible until I witnessed a similar circumstance in Oceanside.

    Happy Trails!

    Anita in BR, LA

  20. Joan Says:

    Dear Carlos.. It is always so good to hear what is going on in your backyard.. I am sure that you are feeling a letdown about the Kestrals.. after suffering through the calling for a mate for all of this time and then she gets one who lures her away..on the bright side , we do have them to thank for the fact that we have been able to find out the news about Molly and her children.. thanks so much for the updates.. Regards, Joan

  21. Joyce Hebert Says:

    he is one pretty bird…wish we had them in louisiana…would it be possible to see the little owletts before you leave…that would be one great parting gift…well just thinking…hope all goes well with your leaving soon…

  22. mandozee Says:

    enjoy your travels keep us posted if you can stay safe


  23. Donna Koski Says:

    Again, thanks for the lovely update on all the happenings. My heart will always be with the first clutch and the Molly and McGee story. I did not get to see the second one. But I enjoy hearing about all that is going on. Would love to see Molly’s babies again they must be getting big and crowded in the house again.

    Hope the weather holds out and you get your Canada vacation in. Canada is lovely.

    God Bless to all donna (Bingodabber)

  24. 1SkatrPie Says:

    carlos, up in the far corner of the Pacific NW
    is wind, rain, wind, rain, wind, rain, wind, rain
    so bring a pair of gore-tex jackets! and prepare
    to see more shades of grey than you ever knew
    existed, as that bright thing in the sky, what’s it’s name – oh, right: the SUN! It Gone With
    The Wind! Safe Travels!

  25. Linda Greene Says:

    Thanks for the update on M & M Carlos. Love your blog and great pictures. Just got mine of M & M. Gotta be my favorite. Take Care and Have Fun!! ldgreene123

  26. Sherry Kelly Says:

    Roark certainly looks majestic in your beautiful photo! Does he ever bring a mate with him? I wonder if some other winged creature will move into the Kestrel box now that it has officially been abandoned. Any bird would be fortunate to live on the Royal property!

    I am looking forward to receiving my copy of M&M The Second Clutch! My first beautiful M&M book is on my coffee table!

    This Oklahoma MOD wishes you and Donna safe and wonderful travels!

    Sherry Kelly, Author of three very different books:
    A Cat Named Zooby (a charming true story for ages 8 to 108)
    Your New Baby’s Instruction Book (a great gift for expectant parents or parents of newborns – now babies can come with instructions!)
    The Big Life of a Little Man: Michael Dunn Remembered (the “can’t put down” biography of the little person actor who played numerous roles in the 60s and 70s including that of Wild Wild West’s Dr. Loveless!)

    Google them! Ask for them at your favorite book seller or call in an order to Tate Publishing 1-888-361-9473

  27. Kit Says:

    Thanks for the updates on M&M, C&C, and Roark. Sorry to hear C&C left…would have been fun to see photos of little kestrals!

  28. Katy Says:

    Isn’t it nice to know that you and Donna provided the space for Calvin and Caleigh to finally meet, fall in love and hopefully start a family. They will always remember where they met, just like us humans!

  29. Deb Says:

    Carlos, Donna and Austin,

    So sorry Caleigh and Calvin decided to leave. They have no idea what a fantastic landlord you are. lol I was looking forward to updates regarding them.

    Roark is a very handsome bird. Although a predator to Molly and her owlets. But she’ll protect them as we know she is a wonderful mom.

    Thanks from the bottom of my heart for these updates. Always look forward to hearing from you.

    Deb in OH

  30. Becky Carroll Says:

    Wishing you well on your travels. Thank you so much for the updates, and keeping us posted on Molly and her babies. God bless you both!

  31. Jan Says:

    Dear Carlos and Donna, you are so appreciated by all of us. Your writing is informative and uplifting. Your photography is amazing as well as educational.
    Please post news updated about anything you encounter on your ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ adventure. We all love you!!!

  32. bluemoon48 Says:

    Thank you for the update on your backyard happenings and have a safe trip.

  33. Holly Sue Says:

    Dear Carlos, It is such a treat to get the M&M update! We’ll hope for the best for the two little ones and trust that Molly will see to their food needs. It’s too bad that Donna’s favorite Kestrels moved on – perhaps in time a new family will come to enjoy the nice house and friendly yard! The RV sounds great and I hope the spring weather will turn in your favor soon so that you can get on the road. How exciting – just what we’d like to do – maybe next year! An Austin anniversary for his DVD – I can bet that he hadn’t any idea where his spring break project would lead him! Thank you so much for your blog and please continue to keep in touch- the live special was wonderful too!
    With love to all of you, Holly Sue

  34. LoveYourDNA Says:


    Kinda sad that the Kestrels have left the area, but one can hope they have found a home and will start a family. they sure are beautiful!!

    If at all possible, could you post a pic of Molly’s family? I’m so curious about the 2 wee ones and their size comparison. Smaller eggs, smaller babies. Maybe they’re starting a new mini owl breed!

    Take care. Enjoy the new motor home. You are living my dream!!!

    all the best,

  35. Naomi Says:

    Hello Carlos,

    As others before have stated, I am enjoying and appreciating your blog with the updates of not just M & M, but of the others who grace you with their presence in your yard.

    I hope your travels bring you up to Beautiful British Columbia. Here in Vancouver, the cherry blossoms are getting started and should last for at least six weeks.

    Have a great trip in your new to you RV.



    • carlosroyal Says:

      We plan to leave for Beautiful British Columbia as soon as we can. Plates arrived yesterday for Jeep. Hope Direct TV access card arrives today as we are having final walk through tomorrow for motor home. With a little luck we will be out of here before April 1

  36. donna Says:

    Carlos, beautiful picture of Roark, all your pictures are great! I’m wishing for a picture of M&M and the babies, that would be really great! It sounds like you & Donna are leaving soon, have a wonderful time and let us know how your doing and send some nice pictures. There are alot of people that miss you all! Take care, love from the east coast!

  37. Sandy Says:

    Roark is beautiful…great shot. Hope to see a live feed announced before your departure. I missed your recent “show”. ( My monitor was on the blink and I had to replace it.) anyway, Happy trails and have fun!

  38. Janice Says:

    Ahhh….memories of the first awsome four. Hope all goes well for these cuties.
    Glad to hear you are almost out the door for your travels. It sound like so much fun. I will be looking for your posted pictures from your trip.
    Austin’s web site is COOL! Wish him and his friends good luck with it. He will do well with it as he has had great input from Grandpa.
    Safe travels Carlos and Donna

    • Janice Says:

      Sorry, this comment was for the 18th blog.
      However, I want to say the picture of Roark is ourstanding.
      Sorry for Donna and us all that the Kestrels moved on…maybe they will be back again.

  39. Theresa Says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed, Carlos!!

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