Austin Update

February 13, 2012

Austin's Final Illustrator Poster Project

Austin has just completed Term II or 30 weeks of school with perfect attendance. He has been shooting for perfect grades also but didn’t quite make it with one “B+”. According to Austin he should have gotten an “A” but you know how some teachers grade.  His latest project was an 8.5 hour BMX broadcast without any glitches. To check it out go to  where you can see some of the replays of the event. You don’t have to watch all 8.5 hours.

Austin started Term III this week with his first course being Web Design where he plans to build a public portfolio of his work.

Other Goodies

Have you ordered your personal copies of the Molly Songs? If not be sure to check them out on iTunes. 


2012 Calendar

62 Responses to “Austin Update”

  1. Vicki Says:

    Great to hear from the Royal household.
    Great going Austin. That B+ just gives a little character to your transcript. Other schools and employers will look at everything you’ve accomplished not just one grade.
    Ya dun good, kid!

  2. MoonDrops Says:

    That young man has such a terrific future ahead of him! Congrats, Austin! Keep up the great work! And last but not least, Happy 19th Birthday!

  3. Faye (GaSunshine) Says:

    Excellent report!! We all have a personal interest in this young man and are all so proud of him! Hope you and Donna are enjoying yourselves. We miss you very much–

  4. DianaJoe Says:

    I am so proud of Austin. To think WE are a part of his success. You and Donna have been great role models. BTW I am volunteering at a no kill animal shelter. I am shadowing a Donna Royal. I smiled really big when she introduced herself.

  5. Teatime Says:

    Thank you for the update on Austin. You must be very proud of him. How about an update on Molly and McGee? There are still faithful MOD’s waiting to hear something…anything about Molly and McGee. Would you ever consider turning the cameras back on. We are all hoping it is not all over forever.
    Thank you Carlos for introducing us to the world of owls.

  6. Emma Says:

    Sounds like Austin’s doing a little better than I am in college, I’ll have to work harder if I want to catch up. =)

    It’s good to hear all is well with you guys!

  7. June Schafer Says:

    Way to go Austin!!! Happy to hear that you are learning so much and doing so well in something you obviously love Keep up the good work and we’ll be seeing your name in lights—–and we can say “I knew him when—“!
    Thanks for sharing Carlos. Hope you and Donna have a sweet Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

  8. Kim Harris Says:

    Way to go Austin!! Thanks for the update Carlos..Glad that you & Donna are well…

  9. Bonita Lyon aka bonnibell Says:

    Congratulations, Austin!! Good work. Thanks for the updates. What are M and M up to? They must have some eggs laid by now??? Happy Valentine’s Day. Bonnibell

  10. Rosemary Hendry Says:

    he will go far and it is nice that he is able to do what he likes

  11. jeannelese Says:

    Carlos/Austin, you keep listing the 2012 calendar but it’s not on cafe press. please advise.

  12. Debbie Says:

    How great it is to hear from the Royal family. You’ve been greatly missed. Congrats to Austin. We are all very proud of this hard working young man.

  13. OwlKats Says:

    Great Job Austin! So glad school is going great! Sure hope you are enjoying the experience and hard work!
    Thanks So much for the Update. Any news about our Love Birds Donna & Carlos? Oh wait, I mean Molly & McGee.

    Have A happy Valentines Day!
    Donna & Carlos and All My Owl Loving Family

  14. Donna Says:

    So glad to hear Austin is doing great in school, I think his grandfather taught him well! He has a good future ahead of him. Love to hear how all of you are doing and of course M&M.

  15. gmarch53 Says:

    Yay, Austin!!! Congrats!

  16. donna smith Says:

    Congratulations to Austin. I hope he continues to do so well.
    Any news of Molly and McGee? There are a lot of folks out here who would love to know.

  17. VSue Says:

    OWLsome newz Austin keep up the great work and as for the teacher giving you a B+ instead of the deserved A well, you know how you did and so you should feel great and be proud of yourself.

    Keep up the goals and good work towards the achievement of the goals and may the sun shine bright upon your path always.

    As always, surely appreciate the updates

    God bless to you Carlos, to Donna and Austin and family and the owls Molly, McGee and their family too of course

  18. Sherry Kelly Says:

    So good to hear from the Royal household and get great news on Austin!

  19. FloridaSkye Says:

    I am so happy to hear you are doing well, Austin. Best wishes for continued success! Thank you, Donna and Carlos, for the update. I hope you are both well.

  20. Darlene BC Says:

    I am so glad you are doing so well,in your classes Austin. I was wondering if it would be possible to get some sort of an update on Molly & McGee? We see the other owls starting to lay eggs and have been wondering about Molly, if you have time maybe post an update now and then, there is still alot of us in the chat room who are hoping for a word or two, thanks.

  21. Carole in Charlotte, NC Says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to the Royal family and to Molly and McGee! Are M & M having any owlets at this time? They are my first owl box to watch and will always be my favorite! <3 Congrats to Austin! His diligent work is paying off with his successful grades. Way to go!!

  22. Thank you for the update on Austin. You must be very proud of him. How about an update on Molly and McGee? There are still faithful MOD’s waiting to hear something…anything about Molly and McGee. Would you ever consider turning the cameras back on. We are all hoping it is not all over forever.
    Thank you Carlos for introducing us to the world of owls.

  23. Kathie Utt Says:

    Congratulations Austin!! Thank you Carlos for the update. Hope all is well with you all and of course, M&M. Can’t say it enough – I miss you guys!

  24. Linda Greene Says:

    Congratulations Austin!! Keep it have tons of fans rooting for you…ldgreene123

  25. erindort Says:

    Fabulous, Austin!
    I am looking forward to seeing your portfolio.

  26. lilbirdz Says:

    It’s wonderful to read that Austin is doing so well at something he loves. His extended family (of thousands) wants only the best for him. Perfect attendance and impressive grades are good news, and we hope that, like his grandparents, he is having some fun. Thanks so much for the update on our favorite young man.

  27. moniq50 Says:

    Congratulations to Austin!!! Keep up the good work.

    Happy Valentines day to the Royal family and Molly and McGee.. I do have to admit, i was hoping for a little update on how they are both doing. We miss you Carlos, and our Molly and McGee.

    Hugz to all

  28. Sue Couch Says:

    The poster is brilliant! (And so is Austin.:-)) Thnks. for the update. Will look forward to the public portfolio. Happy Valentine’s Day! Breathe in love, Breathe out love. Can you feel it? Mine’s wrapping around the Royal house and yard with some special oomph for the Owl Box!

  29. jamma louisiana Says:

    how awesome…go austin…happy valentine’s day to all in the royal house and in the owl box…happy sunshine…

  30. PegRod Says:

    Way to go Austin!

    That poster is awesome and I bet every young and old BMX mechanic, competitor, rider and fan would love to put that up on their bedroom, livingroom or Man Cave garage wall! I hope you make it available for sale to the target groups.

    Thank you Carlos – Happy Valentine’s Day to All (hugs and love), and blowing a not-to-close kiss to Molly and McGee and all the owlets.

  31. CAequuslvr Says:

    Austin, you are A+ to us. We have all had “those kind” of instructors/professors. Keep up the excellent work.

    I agree the poster is really well done.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

  32. Judy Sackson Says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to Carlos, Donna, Austin and all the MOD’s!!
    Way to go Austin! Keep up the good work!
    Hope everything is okay with M & M and the entire group!

  33. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    The Owl Box

    February 16, 2011 – Caleigh Still Looking

    Carlos treated fans to one of his beautifully framed photos of Royal Garden resident, Caleigh, the kestrel, perched on a tree top, looking for her mate. MODs will always remember that the kestrel is Donna’s favorite, but we also know that Molly and other “un”common barn owls are now part of her nuclear, or at least, extended Royal Family! If Caleigh had laid a clutch, we would have gotten to see them grow up, but alas, it was not meant to be last year. I always spelled it “Callie” for some reason (having heard the name first before seeing it spelled out) and now I understand why some called owlet, “Wesley” also “Wesleigh”, beside attributing a female gender.

    Maybe this is Caleigh’s year for a Royal Garden addition!

  34. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee

    February 17, 2011 – McGee Reflecting Is Available

    Reflections, revealing history, and a remarkable photograph by a remarkable host capturing a private moment of a remarkable McGee! If you read this post you will see that McGee might have been outside preening and doing some owl yoga for Carlos, but Molly was inside The Owl Box getting cozy for the fertile days ahead.

  35. A Friend of M&M Says:

    Good for Austin! What a great grandpa to be so present in grandson’s life. He is very fortunate to have such a great grandpa and grandma. He will go far~ Good to hear from the Royal family. Hope you are enjoying your travels.

  36. Colleen Poor Says:

    It’s always good to hear news about the Royal clan :-) Contratulations to Austin and not to worry about that B+. Overall all the projects and such that he’s doing will be what makes up his portfolio and that is what a future employer will really be looking at. Carlos, don’t work too hard in your “retirement” ;-) I know you and Donna are enjoying yourselves and we do appreciate the updates on M & M and the Royals. Thanks!

  37. joly2u Says:

    I guess some day we’ll be saying “I knew him when.” Any news about M&M?

  38. PegRod Says:

    Chula Vista Owl Box
    Update on Roy and Dale
    First Hatch, Ellie

    Welcome owlet, Ellie (2/19 at 3:38 am PST)! Dale is having a snack while her very first owlet of her second Clutch listens on – a very healthy looking fluffy ball of love! Photo link shared in chat by talented MOD tresbien!

    Just peeked again and Ellie is already having a desert cottontail bit, a bite – the breakfast of all champowlets!

    • PegRod Says:

      This screenshot by chatter Maybel shows the outside view, chat, the list of egg dates, and little Ellie (aka Electra) chowing down.
      hungry ellie

    • PegRod Says:

      VacaDude has come up with a new cartoon celebrating the hatch of Elektra aka Ellie (Chula Vista, CA)!

    • PegRod Says:

      Thousands of screenshots are being taken. I just saw this link shared – another classic from one of our many devoted and favorite MODs, hundon (UK) – Twin Beaks!:
      Twin beaks

    • PegRod Says:

      Waiting for hatch number 2 in Chula Vista is fun as chatters gather like they did for Molly’s clutches. Poet Florida Skye created this inspiration today, as fans wait:

      8:06 FloridaSkye: Fluff and shred, fluff and shred. Make the babies a soft bed. Dale knows just what she must do To prepare her nest for Baby 2.

      Such love! Roy has brought almost 60 desert cottontail rabbits so far this breeding season – maybe more!

    • PegRod Says:

      The “Hero” theme continues as owlet #2 hatched last evening at an hour worthy of Superman. Clark’s official hatch time is February 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm. Look at all those 2’s and 1’s!
      022120121821 (military time).

      Welcome to our world, SuperHerowl Clark!

      • PegRod Says:

        From chat this morning, some great photos by MOD tresbien! Thank you for sharing – everyone takes amazing screenshots.

      • PegRod Says:

        Precious one from hundon!
        Post lunch face plant

      • PegRod Says:

        Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock – while waiting for hatch #3, this is an amazing close up screenshot of first born Ellie with Dale’s tender talon touching for temperature check! OCG, the Chula Vista host, is another great photographer!

      • PegRod Says:

        Owlet Three finally hatched this afternoon. Expressed in verse here!

        3:40 FloridaSkye: And now we welcome little Dee. This brings our heroes up to three. The chatters waited day and night And now they’re smiling with delight. #

        Dee is for Diana who is Wonder Woman!

      • PegRod Says:

        VacaDude SuperHerowl Cartoons 2012

      • PegRod Says:

        Great screenshot by twoclubs of the three owlets lined up for feeding time!
        Threee Little Heroes Beak Feasting 2-27-12

      • PegRod Says:

        Dudley’s Distant Cousin – For those wondering if the last egg hatched, it looks like it will not, and has been dubbed “Bruce”. Bruce usually is draped in a cuddling hug by one or more of the other owlets and Dale keeps it rotating, while Roy has taken a talon temperature of the egg a few times. Twoclubs got a great shot of a three-owlet huddle with Bruce while Dale was out on a flyabout. Last night Roy brought in 4 rabbitz and is up to about 80 for this breeding season’s clutch.
        Huddle About 2-29-12

  39. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly & McGee
    Royal Gardens

    February 24, 2011 – Roark in Flight

    Set these three gorgeous photos side by side for a terrific triptych of Roark in the Royal Gardens. Carlos gives a great visual description of many other winter birds and their activities, along with some other updates.

    For those currently in the midst of swirling winter snowy storms – Quote: “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” (last line of Ode to the West Wind, by PB Shelley)

  40. PegRod Says:

    World Owl Hall of Fame
    2012 Winners
    Special Achievement Award
    Carlos and Donna Royal

    The International Festival of Owls page is updated. Take a look at this link, and scroll down to the bottom of the page (for those Royals we love and cherish and are so grateful for!). All the winners for 2012 include a variety of wise and wonderful humans who love a variety of wise and wonderful owls!

  41. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Royal Garden

    February 26, 2011 – Screeching

    This post begins with a great photo of a remarkable backside profile of Roark, the famous red-shouldered hawk, followed by an entertaining description of activities and events in the Royal Gardens, including this true tale:

    Carlos recounts, “Just about bedtime we were startled to hear an owl screeching and clacking so loud that we could hear it inside the house with the TV on. I jumped up and ran outside just in time to see an opossum high tailing it out of the yard with Molly sitting on the fence letting him know he was not welcome.”

    Awwww, those were the days – so much fun (maybe not for the opposum aka possum)! But there is much action in many Ustream owl boxes to enjoy in 2012. Opossums are actually great for gardens, and in Southern California garden snails eat the new growth and destroy the blossoms. This is an interesting article:,0,4090916.story

    Thank you Carlos and Donna Royal for all these great memories!

  42. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Royal Garden Gang

    February 27, 2011 – McGee in Palm Tree

    “McGee in Palm Tree” is a great photo, followed by the February featured star Roark, and an unusal and lovely capture of Mockz on a fence post in the rain. Mockz is the famous and beloved Royal Garden mockingbird who often guards the owl box, and entertains the barn owls (while they doze during the day) with myriad of bird songs and calls, including imitations of their very own barn owl sounds (like looking at yourself in the mirror)!

    Carlos gives fans some updates and begins with, “Not a lot of excitement last night or at least no squawking and screeching like the night before, but Austin did come over to try out his camcorder in low light and captured McGee coming and going a couple of times.” read on for more!

    Molly’s spirit of participation and community lives on with a “Gee, this is fun, and we are a part of it!” – many fans keep The Owl Box present in their hearts and minds and can remember Austin “way back when….” in his high school days!

    Also, I just noticed that “Gee” is part of the name “McGee”! Am I dreaming? Molly, you are so clever with your motto!

  43. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Third Clutch

    February 28, 2011 – McGee

    This post by Carlos includes a picture window into the night of McGee, and two special photos of Caleigh the kestrel, one with her eating a treat on the bluebird box roof.

    There is a link to a great article in the Sacramento Bee, about the award winning and beloved children’s book by Eric Blehm. McGee is still wondering why the book was entitled “Molly the Owl”, when “McGee the Owl” tickles his fancy feathers. I imagine McGee – “Well, I did get a bookmark”. he remembers, …”and some mugs, shirts and well, I guess a lot of other attention!”

    “And, I am so charming as well as regally handsome”, McGee ponders, “….that female two-leggers are even wearing my heart near their own heart!”

    From Carlos, we finally heard those magic words,”Third Clutch”!


  44. CAequuslvr Says:

    PegRod—Just wanted to say again that I am so appreciative for all of your updates & “look backs”. It is such a treat. You are keeping the spirit of M&M alive.
    I agree, thanks to all of the picture takers. It so enriches the experience for all of us owl watchers.

    • PegRod Says:

      CAequuslver – your words are appreciated as well as all those others who post their ideas/comments/poetry to keep our dream and history alive! Sometimes I think that I should just stop, but my heart keeps calling me back!

  45. PegRod Says:

    Leap Year 2012
    A new day for The Owl Box

    February 29th is a date you will not find in the archives or history of The Owl Box of San Marcos, California! At least, no recorded history online.

    Actually, Carlos had The Owl Box installed two years prior to the stormy arrival of Molly and McGee into the box in January 2010. The section on “FAQ” has a little history of the actual structure of the owl box!

    Leap Year has the folk tradition in some countries where any females may propose marriage to a male (…this reminds me of a tradtion in some places in the US and Canada – made famous by cartoon Li’l Abner – Sadie Hawkins Day).

    So, any female one-year-old barn owls ready to settle down, pick your mate well and propose today – for you will be together for a lifetime!

    Happy Leap Year 2012!

  46. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Children’s Book News

    March 1, 2011 – Molly the Owl Book Review

    For all those who wonder why they keep old papers in the attic or basement or in closets around the world, well, this is a good reason to keep files in your computer! The link to the Sacramento Bee article did not work from my previous post, and thankfully, Carlos copied the article last year and posted it here, so we can enjoy reading the praises!

    Time to stock up on your copies of Molly the Owl, send some to your friends and family, to local schools and libraries and spread the good news! Or just ask Eric Blehm to donate this heartwarming well-told true story with great lessons for life to a good cause – like his brother-in-law’s overseas orphanage donations. Disabled wounded warriors might find some healing here, too.

    “Gee this is fun, and we are a part of it” – that is, if we choose to be!

    Pay it forward ….

  47. Jay Says:

    Any current word on Molly and McGee? There’s been no update for weeks. Are they in the box these days? Many of us would like to know please, please, please.

  48. CAequuslvr Says:

    PegRod–Oh no!!! Please continue with your wonderful posts. I am sure I am not the only one who would be bereft to no longer have your wonderful info.

    Carlos–I too implore you to give us a M&M update.

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