For those of you who missed last nights 8:00 to 9:00 evening feeding and fly-out, here is a summary of the hightlights. It is a little long (8 minutes) but I wanted to give everyone a chance to try to sort out the 5 owlets in the mass of "owldom" in the box.
The first mouse (video) was delivered at 8:04 p.m. Dad followed with another at 10:30. At 10:55 Momma took a second break for 5 minutes and returned with a third mouse. At 11:37, Papa brought a fourth mouse but Momma did not seem to want it so he took it back with him (his dinner??). Papa was not done for the night though. He brought two more rodents, one at 1:38 and the last at 4:14. When he arrived with the last one, Momma was in the middle of feeding the owlets so he entered the box, dropped it in the back corner, and left it for later.
Throughout the night, Momma alternated between periods of feeding and resting. Just before the sun came up, she took her last break at 5:15 a.m. and I was able to see that the sixth egg has still not hatched.
It may be my imagination but it seems like the owlets have nearly doubled in size already. Their eyes are still closed but they all seem strong.