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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Laying and Brooding Eggs

March 20 brought a major change to Momma Screech Owl's life. During that day she did not sleep as she usually did. She was awake and moving most of the day. When she flew out at dark she left behind the first of her eggs for the 2011 season:

On March 22, she laid the second egg. Here is a video from that evening:

According to information on the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology site, screech owls typically lay 3-4 eggs with the second egg laid 2 days after the first and the rest laid daily after that. Not my Momma Screech! She laid her eggs on 3/20, 3/22, 3/24, and 3/26. Here is a video from the night of March 26-27:

Then, with no more eggs through the night of March 28, I figured she was done. At that point, I stopped recording every night and left the live broadcast on UStream for the world to watch. Little did I know . . .

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