Every Clutch is Different
May 1, 2011
Just like kids every bunch is different and this Third Clutch is no exception. During the first clutch for example, not once did any of the owlets land in the tree branches but this brood has just got to try them out, which has resulted in tangled feathers, wings and talons. Also, this group likes to go dive bomb the garden and bounce back high into the air about three feet practicing their hunting skills from the grape post and the end of the RV garage. As I pointed out yesterday, three of the owlets keep coming back to the owl box daily while the oldest fledged over a week ago. With the other clutches one by one the owlets fledged and did not return to the box on a daily basis except of course Wesley who just did not want to leave the box. In effect, we have three Wesleys in this third clutch. With the first two clutches the owlets spent most of their time at night in and around the owl box playground but this group of owlets spend most of their time in and around the yard out of view of the camera. Not exactly fun for our Ustream viewing audience but exciting for us to watch from the patio.
Austin mentioned last night that he would like to do another video but this time have it more about the owlets after they come out of the box. He has been coming over setting up his Christmas video equipment at night working to get footage of not only the owlets but Molly and McGee flying about the yard. The issue, like most things is time; he won’t have time until after school is out for the summer to do the editing. We will keep you posted if this project goes forward after Austin graduates, school comes first.
Yes, three are back in the box again this morning and they look full grown since none of the three have hardly any baby feathers remaining.
Enjoy your day.
Carlos, Donna and Austin