What Has Happened With The Barn Owl Population?

January 26, 2015


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I received this question yesterday from Nick and Julie .  “Yes, we are also owl-less again this year. What has happened with the barn owl population? We keep getting invited each fall to go up to Irvine to our grandkids’ school to make a presentation, but all we have to show are the pictures and videos of several years ago. We would very much like to have live video feeds of barn owls in our box. Very disappointing.” Nick and Julie live in Rancho Bernardo, California about 20 minutes northeast of San Diego and southeast of San Marcos.

Let me start off by saying I have not seen one barn owl this year and last year I saw maybe two or three. Definitely not like when Molly and McGee were in The Owl Box. Barn Owls were everywhere; some nights we would see or hear as many as 10 or 15 in the area.

The number of barn owls like so much of nature is controlled by their food supply. Reduce their food supply and their population reduces. California is in the third year of one of the state’s worst droughts in the past century, one that’s led to fierce wildfires and water shortages and less food for wildlife thus fewer barn owls. Even the number of eggs the female barn owl lays is controlled by the amount and duration of food the male brings to her. This is nature’s way of balancing the ecosystem.

If you remember, when Molly was in the box we had lots of rain and plenty of food. We also had those that said owls don’t like water and couldn’t fly in the rain. Those were two myths The Owl Box cameras busted.  We not only captured barn owls flying in the rain but playing in the water. Remember when Molly left the box and came back soaking wet on a clear night? She had left and taken a bath after being in the box for a couple of months taking care of her babies.

Pray for rain or do your rain dance if you want the barn owls to return.

All the best,

Carlos and Donna Royal

P.S. The dust bowl drought lasted for 6 years in Oklahoma in the 30’s and up to 8 years in some of the High Plains. Light rain is predicted for later today.

One last note: I am 72 today.  Everyone have a piece of cake and enjoy your day.  Life is a beautiful thing.



123 Responses to “What Has Happened With The Barn Owl Population?”

  1. Tammie Franklin Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Awesome…. Miss your radio “talk” show – during Molly months. Glad to hear you all are doing great! Tell Mrs. Donna Hi. Take care, Tammie AKA Sunshine41

  2. Joy Bucy Says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope it rains on your birthday!

  3. Wendy Morgan Says:

    Happy Birthday from a 75 yr old
    miss all you guys & the owls

  4. Happy Birthday, Carlos! As opposed to your Barn Owls, there has been an explosion of Snowy Owls in Ohio. I have not seen one myself, but lots of photos. Weather cycles…most you can do is a rain dance.

  5. Louise Says:

    Loved the inflated/deflated football piece as well as the maps and comments on owl population. As an owl lover and retired science teacher they were very interesting. Made me long to be back in classroom to share. Beautiful cake!

  6. Judy Ambrose Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos!!! Hope you have an amazing day!! 🎈🎈🎈🎈

  7. Karen Brock Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos. I hope you have many more happy ones ahead. You and your family have brought me so much joy.

  8. Jo-Ann G. Says:

    First – Happy Birthday Carlos.. Hope your day is filled with lots of fun, happiness, and good friends.. Second – thanks for the update about our owls.. Third – I will be doing a rain dance now every day, twice a day… Your cake tasted delicious… (in my mind that is).

  9. shaasep Says:

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLOS!!!! Wishing you many more healthy happy birthdays and thank you so much again for bringing the world of barn owls into our lives!!!!! shaasep

  10. Merrily Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos, you and I are 72 years young. Have many more birthdays to come.

  11. Donna Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos, hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  12. Happy Birthday Carlos. Wishing you many years of good health and happiness.

  13. Kathy W Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos! Thank you for your thoughtful and informative posts. Still trying to calculate the PSI from your post yesterday, lol. Best wishes for a happy and healthy year.

  14. Darlene from Oregon Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos!! I’m so glad to hear from you. Although, it’s very sad that there are not as many barn owls. Pray for rain for California for sure.
    Do you or any of the other barn owl box owners get together and “compare” notes? Hans and Didi have four eggs right now.
    I was just curious about that.
    I hope your birthday is as special as you are Carlos!!
    Have a wonderful and fabulous birthday!!
    Darlene From Oregon

  15. Jo (dennens) Says:

    Happy Birthday to You!!!! And Thank You Always, for allowing us to share.

    With the drought, everything is confused. Flowers blooming at the wrong times and critter populations different. The one thing we have noticed is that people seem to be using more poisons as the pests are coming indoors, insects, rats & mice. Secondary poisoning may be contributing, or already has. Our neighbors supposedly just poisoned ants and wiped out our whole chipmunk population. Who knows what got them as they were found around the property in distress.

    Let’s hope all the rain dances work here on the West Coast.

    Hugz – Jo (dennens)

  16. Colleen (Puggz) Mill Valley Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos! I love your kid-like curiosity in everything – and appreciate that you share your findings
    with your friends and fans.

  17. Brenda Says:

    Happy, happy 72nd birthday our dear Carlos! Many more are coming your way with happiness & health!!! We sure do miss our Molly & McGee! I have both their professional portraits over my computer desk and see them every day! We all enjoyed what you said and did tremendously! I think about that time often. Thank you for all you did for us MOD’s! We all laughed and cried thru the life cycle of Molly & McGee with you! All the best to you, Donna and Austin! Take care and keep in touch, we love hearing from you! Happy, Happy birthday!

  18. Nob Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos, and many more! Miss you all!

  19. Jane Brunzie Says:

    Hi Carlos and Donna and Happy Birthday. I wanted to tell you about our barn owl experience recently. We live in San Marcos Mobile Estates on Barham Dr. and our home backs up to La Moree. A couple of months ago, one of our cats raced through the house to the window in our bedroom and the security light next door and in our backyard came on. So…I got up to see what was out there. I was so thrilled because on the back fence sat a male barn owl looking at me. I had never seen a live one, only Molly and family on my computer. He was smaller than I expected. Anyway I wanted to tell you that there is at least one barn owl in San Marcos not far from where you live. Again, Happy Birthday! Jane B.

  20. Anne Benckendorff Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos.

    Sent from my iPad


  21. Kat Saunders Says:

    Happy birthday Carlos!!! Enjoy your day and that great looking cake. Peace

    Sent from my iPhone

  22. Lee McGrew Says:

    Hi Carlos, your 72nd birthday cake is gorgeous…many happy days forever!

  23. Happy Birthday Carlos. You gave us all so much enjoyment with your barn owl cam and informative reports. It made 2010 easier for me to endure. Hope you live as long as you want to live. All the best to you.

  24. LynneMcKay Says:

    Carlos, have loved your posts today!! Happy Birthday to you my friend and here’s to many more. Tell Donna hello and enjoy “your” day!!!!!

  25. Susan Dalnoky Says:

    Happy Birthday and thank you for the update on the barn owl population!

    Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:25:37 +0000 To: sjdalnoky@comcast.net

  26. Hyknski Says:

    Happy birthday Carlos!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  27. Sally Treviranus Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Carlos!!!

    Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:25:24 +0000 To: northstar9_4@hotmail.com

  28. Nora Jenn Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos!! Hope you have a great day. I still miss your talks over a Molly Mocha. May you have many more birthdays :-)

  29. monkie Says:

    Happy 72nd Birthday Carlos!!!! I hope you have a grand day and enjoy!!!! Your birthday present from me will be lots of prayers for some rainy days and some rain dances to go along with them. We would so love to see your beloved owls return!!!
    Thank you for your updates… Hi to Donna… We miss you !! (hugz)

  30. Joan from Colorado Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos. i still remember happily the days of Molly and McGee.. they were one of the sweetest couples story ever.told. I am sorry that you and Donna no longer have the entertainment of watching the owls sweeping through your yard. i am sure that you miss them. hopefully that will change soon. that was fun and I was part of it.

  31. Sharon Palac Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos, and so many more! I miss your wonderful voice and the owl box. Maybe you’ll be surprised by an owl visit today! Regards to Donna. :)

  32. B McNerney Says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Carlos. Have a wonderful day and hopefully it WILL RAIN. I miss the barn owls.
    B McNerney :)

  33. ClouPA Says:

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Carlos! You certainly helped make our lives more beautiful and enjoyable with the live streaming of the barn owls and your talks with us.
    Enjoy your day!

  34. Emmy Lou Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos! Here’s to you!🎂🎈🎈🎉

  35. Genia P Says:

    Happiest birthday, dear Carlos. And thank you again for all the happiness you brought to the Molly Watchers; I will never forget those days (and nights)! It was a great gift you and Donna gave us.

  36. janie2 Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos!! We miss you, Donna, and the owls. If my withdrawal from owls get too bad, I can play my 2 DVDs that Austin did. We miss him too. We will never have such a wonderful experience again as we did with Molly, Magee, and the owlets. Thank you for that. <3

  37. Patsy Butler aka MomNbeth Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos, wishing you the best birthday ever, miss you and Donna, have a great day! <3 <3

  38. Karen Shumaker Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos….you shall always be remembered for the joy you gave us all with those adorable owls! A pivotal moment in my life….❤️

  39. SARose69 Says:

    many happy returns, Carlos! And many happy returns of owls!

  40. Debbie Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos from Debbie in Central Tx, wishing you a great day , yummm that cake looks delish and so very pretty , enjoy your day and have a slice of that cake for me , love and miss you , Donna and the Owls. :-)

  41. My very best wishes for a Happy Birthday and a happy, healthy year ahead Carlos.

    For the last couple of weeks I’ve been watching two owl families at the Port of Stockton. I haven’t checked today but they had seven and eight eggs the last time I checked. So, hopefully, this signals a robust return of breeding this year. http://www.portofstockton.com/owl-cams Some of us chatters named the Daggett Rd pair Pixie and Porter, and the Fyffe Ave pair Barney and Bea. Here’s hoping your and Donna’s box will be occupied this season, too.

  42. sebbygirl Says:

    Oh a very Happy Birthday Carlos… You and Donna and the Owl Box family remain one of the most fabulous memories and we can never thank you enough for sharing The Owls and
    your actual family adventures with us…

    Blow out all those candles Carlos….LOL

  43. Barbara Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos! I hope the owls return soon, havn’t seen any in the owl boxes near us. We use to hear them at night! Have a wonderful birthday, enjoy the cake, and thank you for sharing!

  44. OC Says:

    It’s so true , the population of any species is controlled by food supply. I will do a rain and rodent dance tonight, please don’t watch,, LOL. Carlos, Happy Birthday and many more to come. You are young enough to broadcast again, get my drift ? We need a broadcaster. XXOO to you and Donna


  45. Napaelle Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos from Napa and hope the owls surprise you today!

  46. Sue Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  47. Linda Stauffer Says:

    My sons birthday is today, January 26th – he is 13.
    We miss the barn owls. I look at my framed prints of Molly and McGee and remember the fun times we had watching them. It is an experience we won’t forget. Keep in touch.

    Linda Stauffer and family,
    Harrisburg, PA

  48. Sarah Lehl Says:

    Dearest Carlos, Doing a Happy Birthday/Rain dance! I hope your special day is glorious. That is one fancy cake :D Thank you for the update on the weather and the owls. With love to you and Donna, Sarah

  49. NaomiBelle Says:

    Happy Birthday to you Carlos!!! Wishing you blessings throughout the year.

  50. Linda Foster aka lfwinnie Says:

    Happy Birthday just turned on my music so i can rain dance!!!

  51. Nan Wolff Says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Carlos from Trinity & me (Nan)

  52. Sally Edge aka MollyLoverForever Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos! Looks like a fantastic cake you have there! It’s raining here in El Cajon. You are right about the drought. The coyotes are vying for the owls’ food. I’m so glad we seem to be getting some rain this winter! Thanks again for all you and your family have done for us. <3

  53. Donna Smith Says:

    Dear Carlos, Happy, Happy Birthday! There is no way to tell you the gratitude I feel for the experience of Molly and McGee. Looking back, it was almost magical.

  54. Kathy Harger (nightowl67) Says:

    Happy 72nd Birthday, Carlos. Hope you have a fantastic day and hopefully the Eco system will turn around so that the barn owls will come back. We miss seeing you and Donna and are so thankful for the gift you gave all of us by sharing Molly & McGee with us. Bless you!

  55. pattiinva Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos. Am sending you wishes for continued blessings, good health and continued fortune. Will definitely be praying for our barn owls everywhere. Thank you for the update and info on the scarcity of our beloved owls. Say Hi to Donna. Once again Happy Birthday. PattiinVA

  56. carlosroyal Says:

    The cake actually came from a photo on the internet, I just had a Triple Chocolate Meltdown with two scoops of ice cream at Applebee’s. Really, really good!

  57. pat Says:

    Happy Birthday.

  58. edtNZ Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos, we share our birthdays on the same day, the 26th, I was 61. Regards from a hot dry summers day in New Zealand. We are hoping for rain later in the week. drought conditions here too.

  59. It is so, so, good to hear from you, Carlos and Donna! Sorry to learn that there are no owls around there right now, but I enjoyed reading the explaination. We MODs would certainly love to watch another owl family in the Royal box. A very happy 72nd birthday to you, Carlos!! Hey all you Wild Wild West/Dr. Loveless fans are invited to join The Michael Dunn Tribute Page. Of course, Dunn was in a lot of other shows also. Check him out at https://www.facebook.com/groups/actor.michael.dunn/

  60. Sally/AmethystCat Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  61. Linda Ellen Zembryski Says:

    Happy Birthday to you… You have brought so much JOY to the world along with the Molly and Mc Gee hours of watching.. Thank you so much for that… The Happiest of Birthdays ever.

  62. Cathy Messer Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos!!

  63. Cheryl Ronning (CAR) Says:

    Happy, happier, HAPPIEST birthday, Mr. Royal. We are all better off because you are in this world. Thank you for everything you have done to make it a better, more joyful, more loving world. And thank you for bring us Molly & McGee. You’re a good man, sir. Happy Birthday.

    • Helen Erickson Says:

      Thanks for the information. Good to know. I miss our Molly and McGee days. Hope all is well with you and your family.

      Helen Erickson

  64. didnp Says:

    Your B-Day wish is granted – Its raining. I miss the Owls

  65. Bob&Eileen Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos from Pennsylvania!

    We so enjoyed the Molly & McGee days and will never forget them. It was so much fun! And we thank you for that.

    I’d like to send you some moisture from the 19+ inches of snow we will get tonight and all day tomorrow to your area of California so that the barn owls might notice it and come back from wherever they are.

    Wishing you and Donna a great, healthy new year with love & blessings. Eileen

  66. Sherrie (Sher67) Says:

    Thank you for the info Carlos.

    Happy Happy Birthday :)

  67. Candy Says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Carlos…..many,many,many more.

    Maybe the barn owls miss their cheerleaders. haha
    I’ll try doing some of my disco dancing moves for rain.

  68. revmmg44 Says:

    Thank you for the post Carlos! It was great to hear from you. Wishing you a Happy Happy Birthday 72!!!!!!! I had my 70 birthday one week ago today (Jan. 19). You are a Capricorn too, Makes sense to me!!!!! Hello to Donna and again, Happy Birthday!!!!! And many more to come!!!
    Calliopekid (Martha Gibbs, Louisville, Ky. )

  69. Sue Hawkes Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos and Many Happy Returns of the Day :)

  70. BarbStrona@aol.com Says:

    Happy Birthday. Aren’t the 70’s the best? I’m 74 1/3. I am sad about the owls although my husband is not. We still have our great horned own (whom I hear and occasionally feel as he flies past) but my husband made me turn off the sound to the camcorder of Molly and her crew! He didn’t want an owl box, and given the horned owl and the red-tailed hawk who live in the neighborhood, it probably wouldn’t have been a good location. We are on 2 canyons, but it is hawk and owl and other raptor-territory. Happy Birthday, barb

    Barbara Strona BRE# 00872337 Scott & Quinn Real Estate 1111 B Fort Stockton Drive San Diego, California 92103 (619)295-2702 (619)203-1200 _www.strona.com_ (http://www.strona.com/) barbstrona@aol.com

  71. lsinnen@cox.net Says:

    Thanks for the update. I’m sure the weather has had something to do with it. Maybe our recent rains will help!

    Leta (Happy Birthday, kid)

  72. Tamera aka grams3cs Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Miss you and Donna and your owl box. Those were very memorable days and nights!!

  73. Angel Says:

    Great big, huge, giant, warm, kissy, owl-hissy birthday hugs!

  74. Lois Says:

    Have a very happy birthday Carlos!! Miss the gang..

  75. Jes63 Says:

    Happy Birthday! It did sprinkle down south of you today.
    The coyotes are eating all of our small canyon animals and pets so perhaps they are eating what the owls would eat.
    No more squirrels, etc in my neighborhood.
    I miss our owl chats. Thank goodness Vaca is still doing chats every month and we chat without him on Sunday nites.
    Still a core group together after all these years.
    Come join us the Sunday after Super Bowl at 6 pm for live Vacachat. We would love it!

  76. Liela M. Maielua Says:

    Congratulations on your 72nd B’day, life is good!!!

  77. Happy, happy, happy birthday …. well I guess the rest of the lyrics don’t really fit do they. I will be 67 on Super bowl Sunday.

  78. John&christine&ginger Says:

    Happy birthday , did you say you need water ? I can send you the3feet of snow and the blizzard we are expecting here in the northeast that should help bring the owls back

  79. Catgetsdown Says:

    Hi Carlos,
    Happy birthday! Delicious looking cake! Remembering you and Molly and McGee with love.

  80. TByrd Says:

    Happy birthday Carlos. I hope you know what an impact you’ve had in bringing so many wonderful people together. God bless you and your family and I hope you are all in good health.

  81. debbie/owlboxmagic Says:

    the happiest of birthdays carlos!! *tosses confetti*
    may all those candle wishes come true!! :D

  82. Jane Milbrodt Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carols! That is a great looking cake. What flavor was under all that frosting?

  83. Charlene Green Says:

    Happy Birthday, and many many more.

    I miss Molly. My kids use to think I was crazy and my grandkids couldn’t understand my facination. Maybe you will get enough rain to bring them all back.

    Charlene Green

  84. Janice Kaltenbach Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos!! Hope you and Donna are well and enjoying life. I so miss the days of Molly and McGee. What magical times they were! But I have my book and video to keep the memories alive. Blessings on you, Donna, and Austin for sharing ‘your’ owls with us!!

  85. Alafair Says:

    This is the fundamental reason for the catastrophic climate change please watch this in its entirety. This is destroying the world, and all our precious species
    [video src="http://www.katowire.com/Cowspiracy.mp4" /]

  86. Mareoooo Says:

    Hap-Hap-Happiest of Birthdays, Carlos! And, 🎶 MA – ny 🎶 MORE!! You deserve to have a fabulous day! Who made that gorgeous cake for you? It looks like it was done by a professional! May God richly bless all of your days!! <3

  87. Mary Says:

    Happy Birthday, Carlos! And to celebrate your special day, I had the pleasure of watching a beautiful Great Horned Owl (I think that’s what it was) standing on a tall ledge above a window at the school I work at. He/she stood ther all day. I have some close-up pictures I could email to you if I had an email address. He/she was very large with beautiful colors. I’m hopeful there’s a mate nearby and that the owls are nesting in the area. We have a rodent problem since we butt up to the desert, so there’s a feast out there for them!

  88. Lisa Burns Says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Carlos!!!! 🎉🎁👏🎁🎉😘. Thank you for this information. Love to Donna and your Family as too.

  89. paulawillowluna Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos!!!! Hope you enjoy your day :-)

  90. Elaine Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos, hope you enjoyed yourself

  91. Jan Halstead Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos. Your cake is beautiful, just like your soul. Hope you get a nice gentle rain for your birthday and it last for hours if not all day. Jan in Indiana

  92. Sue Couch Says:

    The cake was delicious! Happy Birthday! I hear some flapping. Surely the owls will return soon, along with the rains and food. Wishing you and Donna the very best this year.

  93. lilbirdz Says:

    You are so right about the effect of the drought. Chula Vista (The Owl Channel) has Hans and Didi, who is sitting on four eggs right now. Meanwhile, Oceanside has random visits from male and female barn owls (with feathers almost covering their beaks!), but no signs of breeding behavior. There was no clutch in 2014. Oh, how I miss those bone-chilling screeches and the sight of owlets! I hope you have a healthy 72nd year and that Donna and Austin are well.

  94. CAequuslvr Says:

    Belated birthday wishes. And many more…..

    Love the M&M memories.


  95. Lisa Says:

    I hope you had a fantastic 72nd Birthday, Carlos! Beautiful cake! May you be blessed with many more joyful and healthy years. Hello to Donna, Austin and Ashley too! I will pray for rain for CA. Best wishes, Lisa

    Ps I prayed for no Blizzard and the storm moved east by 50 miles so here is my rain prayers should work too!

  96. Betty Rexrode Says:

    Happy belated Birthday!

    We know all about droughts in TX. In 2011 our area (Harris County – Houston) lost millions of trees. So sad.

    Hoping for rain in CA.

    All the best, Betty

  97. sm.cannon@comcast.net Says:

    Happy Birthday Carlos! We enjoy hearing from you, and pray that rain and the beautiful barn owls will once again return to southern California.

  98. Blanche Fedor Says:

    Have a Happy Birthday Carlos.

  99. Amy Says:

    Happy HAPPY Birthday, Carlos. Hope your cake was chocolate!
    So sad with this drought. (I couldn’t read it all …the photo alone almost had me bawling).
    I will ALWAYS remember the Molly and McGee era. It got me through a really rough time. I was caring for my mom who had dementia, other serious health issues and finally cancer. I rarely was able to leave her. The ONE positive thing I could look forward to when she slept was the owl box. That was my therapy. I so very much appreciate all the effort and time you all put in. It brought light into a dark place for me. I haven’t been able to write and thank you before because it was JUST too painful and emotional. I’m thanking you now. You have no idea how the owl box saved me.

  100. Carol Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!! Thank you for sharing a slice of your beautiful cake ooooh so good and no just think it won’t go to my hips. I appreciate you telling us about why there is no barn owls and I will pray for rain. Just wash your car and leave it parked in the driveway. I also loved your piece on the football.

  101. erindort Says:

    A belated Happy, happy Birthday, Carlos. And many more!
    You are a first-class gentleman, (and again) I thank you so much for your generosity by sharing the owl box with us.
    You literally changed lives!!
    God bless you and Donna!

  102. twoclubs jane Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Carlos. Have loved getting your updates. And yes, Barn Owls Love Birthday Baths!!

    Love and Miss You and Donna

  103. Bonita Lyon Says:

    Happy, Happy 72nd Carlos!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day. It is sad about our Barnies and the drought. Yes, rain dances for sure…you need to get that very special box rented out!! Miss you and thanks for the snippet of cake!! Bonita/aka Bonnibell

  104. SueyPit Says:

    Found your recent post interesting but sad …as re fewer barn owls. I so enjoyed the time of Molly and her when you did have live feeds! Alas….hope things to improve. Also..have a wonderful b-day! You deserve it!

  105. Cecelia Cheshier Says:

    Happy belated birthday Carlos. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. I’ll always appreciate you for bringing the Molly &Magee into my world. One rain dance coming right up.

  106. Barb Polo Says:

    A belated Happy Birthday to you. I hope you and Donna are well and enjoying life. We do miss you and every time I check in at Sportsman’s Paradise I hear a snip of your voice on the video they still have running of Molly & McGee’s years. You brought so much to so many lives that we still gather and call ourselves the MOD’s. Love to you and the family.
    Fondly, Barb & Neil

  107. Sandi Wilson Says:

    I hope you had a nice birthday, Carlos. I enjoyed your comments about the current barn owl population out your way. In my wooded neighborhood in Durham, NC, we have barred owls and red-shouldered hawks. We had a hawk family this past summer; I saw the youngster sitting on the bird feeder one day and got a picture (not as good as the ones you take, though). I also saw it in the bird bath — it took up the whole bowl almost! When the weather warms this spring and I can leave the windows open, I’ll by happy to hear the charming hoots of the owls again. All the best to you and Donna. I hope you’ll continue to keep in touch with all of us.

  108. Bethie Says:

    Thank you so much for the update. So sad to hear there are no barn owls in your area. such fond memories of M & M – and the mention of post-shower Molly made me smile in remembrance.

    All the best, and many happy returns!


  109. Katey Wise Says:

    Carlos, first of all Happy Birthday…sorry for the belated birthday wish. Thank you for this article. In the Central Coast of Cali, we have had some rain, but not anywhere the amount we need to sustain our mass population of humans let alone our wildlife. Last year my owl box had a couple who used my box as the “fun” house and when it came time to laying eggs the female disappeared. I assumed she found another location more to her liking. This year another couple is back…but not sure if they will stay. In 2013 I did have a clutch, but even then the food supply was not as abundant as the it should be and we had 2 out of 5 owlets survive. As the east is being pelted with snow we continue to have sun…. and no rain. So all of your east coasters tell your storms to move this way.

  110. Judy Sackson Says:

    Hope you had a really special day! It’s sad about the lack of owls, but nature takes care of it’s own. Fascinating! So glad to hear what’s going on in your neck of the woods!
    We all miss Molly & Co. but I’m glad to see that the number of owls is controlled when there isn’t enough food, it would be a sad state of events if it wasn’t.
    Hope you have a healthy year at 72…won’t catch up with me at 78, but not far behind!

  111. Barbara Says:

    Carlos, Happy Happy Birthday! We miss your telecasts, your wonderful films and pictures of Molly & Leggs McGee, and your loving family. We wish you all the best and look forward to more glimpses into Carlos-land! Barb (It’s an Owlapalooza)

  112. Julie Sanders Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Carlos!

  113. Jody Veith Says:

    Wishing you the happiest of Birthdays Carlos and also wishing and praying for rain, rain, rain! – and the return of the owls.

  114. Diana Briscoe Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLOS! Thanks for the cake. I so miss the Molly days when I could watch you talk to us via video. Those days and nights were very special to me. I’ve never looked at Barn owls the same. I still watch others on ustream but none will ever compare to yours. So special. God Bless you and Donna and enjoy your time sharring new adventures. All the best to you two.
    Diana Briscoe

  115. zbergie Says:

    On the nature channel 3 wEDU the Nature name is “Owl Power” it’s on twice tonight now then later and once tomorrow afternoon. It very good!. I hope you don’t mind me posting this Carlos.

  116. I finally got a minute to read my emails which I haven’t checked for a long time. I just saw yours Carlos. Happy belated birthday. I miss the owls also. I enjoyed them when you filmed them in the owl box and watched them faithfully all day every day and bought both hard cover books. It was a wonderful experience. I hope someday there is rain again so the owls return before we get too old. I am one year older than you.

  117. Joly2u Says:

    Many happy returns, Carlos. Thanks for the info about your mom. My folks were like that, & even bought the push-button transmission Plymouth, which they later passed along to me. I am concerned that our pushing nature to the brink in multiple ways may some day backfire greatly, hope Grace brings snowpack before summer. Wishing all continued blessings to you and yours, thanks for keeping in touch. Hi, everyone….

  118. Jodi Maher Says:

    Miss you all owl friends <3 <3 <3

  119. Pat Adams Says:

    Hello Carlos, from a long time MOD….wanted to say Happy Birthday late and I understand you & Donna were invited to the MOD meet in MN in Sept. I hope you can attend. Lots of people like myself would like to express gratitude to you for laying the foundation to owl watching via cams. So many cams to watch nowadays and so many new things to learn about the natural world and as an educator myself I appreciate all you did to allow us to start this journey. I would love to say this in person. I really hope to see you in Sept. I’m so excited to finally meet many people that began to converse because of your family and two little barn owls.
    Hope to see you there…..Pat from Massachusetts

    • CAequuslvr Says:

      How wonderful that MODs are still getting together 5 years later. So special, Let’s hope that Carlos & Donna can attend.
      Everyone have a great time in Sept.

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