Family Breakfast Third Clutch
May 6, 2011
If you were up early this morning, around 5 AM PST all four owlets of the Third Clutch had returned to The Owl Box for breakfast. Then at 5:10 Molly brought in a treat and not be left out McGee brought in a treat at 5:12 AM. There you had it, the complete family of the Third Clutch; they must have known I was recording.
Yesterday, if you happened to be watching shortly after lunch, I cleaned the gag shag out of The Owl Box, which by the way weighed 13 pounds. I tried to give you a description as I was doing it but the mic didn’t seem to be working. Also, I could not turn around and face the camera because I was precariously standing on top of a 12 foot ladder. I don’t recommend you do this at home. Latter I got the mic to work after resetting the power box, but I noticed this morning that same mic has gone wacko again.
Believe it or not that gag shag did not smell that bad, but it does have a very strong acid ammonia smell. Yes, I was wearing a mask, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and rubber gloves and as soon as I was finished I took a shower, washed my clothes and tossed the rubber gloves.
I also cleaned the cameras while I was at it as they were covered with what I call owl dust, a white powdery stuff. If your camera is located inside the box, it may get so covered with owl dust that you won’t be able to see your owls. This owl dust gets worse the longer the box is in used. I didn’t notice it much with the first clutch but with the third clutch it was really bad when we turned from our travels the cameras were so covered with owl dust that they were in effect useless until I cleaned them.
The question now is, how many more nights will the owlets show up before Molly and McGee them the boot…I mean the talon. At this point Molly and McGee are still feeding them at the box. Currently, the best viewing times for action are 8PM to 10PM PST and 4AM to 6AM PST.
We’ll leave the cameras on for you.
Have a great day!
Carlos, Donna and Austin