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Monday, May 7, 2012

Left Alone

Today, Momma did not return to the nest box for the day for the first time since March 5, two full months of constant care for her young.  She left the owlet alone.

Throughout the night both Momma and Papa were bringing food.  Unlike early in it's life though, no food has been left behind.  If the food was a mouse, Momma would prepare and feed some of it, and take the rest away with her when she left.  Baby would climb after her, as if to follow, but always returned to the floor waiting.  With daylight here and no mother, he is restless and keeps peeking out to see what is going on.

Will he leave tonight or stay for a couple of more days?  Only time will tell.


Anonymous said...

Oh what a great picture of the little will be a sad day but also a happy one. I loved watching this all season...thank you so much for providing this to us - kind regards, Denise

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your presentation today at the Duke Estate. We learned so much about backyard birds from you. You were so patient with the kids. Seeing this blog makes me want to get an owl box! I hear owls in the woods behind our house - but fear I am too late for this year!
2/16/13 Vickie