Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Owlets at 23 and 21 Days

Three rapid fire drop offs (the third delivery was just being brought in when the camera stopped recording):


DH returns to the nest at 9:11 in the morning, which suggests* that she didn't come back to the nest before sunrise like usual. 




One owlet standing tall to look out the hole; the other four are at the back looking up. At lower right, #5 can be seen laying down, which is how he usually sleeps.



Two drop offs. #5 is at the back, barely visible, scrounging around on the floor for scraps:




*A technical note is relevant here. The nest cam is solar powered. During the early spring, before the trees leafed out, the camera battery would get run down during the night from use, and it would then get charged back up to 100% during the day. Then the trees leafed out at the same time that the owlets stopped sitting still ever, so the battery is no longer keeping up with both the use and the lack of sunshine hitting the solar panel. Thus, the camera is dying at some point every night which means that we're missing hours of action, so I don't know for sure, but it appears that DH quit sleeping in the box with the rowdy owlets yesterday at 1 p.m. She moved out last year as well when the owlets started bouncing off the walls, and started sleeping in a nearby pine tree with Boyle.

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