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Richard Silvester

Chapel Hill, NC, USA


I built a barred owl house based on the NestWatch specs and put it in my backyard. First watched a raccoon size up the box. Then a few rounds of squirrels. Pretty exciting to then see barred owls investigate the box periodically in early morning hours. Then one day I saw “Beatrice” the barred owl looking out of the nest in the middle of day. She stayed continuously in the nest for over a months with regular food deliveries from “Barry”. Soon after that we noticed Beatrice leave the nest for brief moments maybe for a bit of reprieve or to help with hunting for the growing babies. I happened to be there to take video of the first fledge and of that fledgling climbing a nearby tree to safety. Once they both fledged it became difficult to find them but once a day I would seek them out and typically could find and photograph at least one fledgling and a parent. One highlight for me was a couple weeks after fledge when I found the two babies together one a single branch. Before my eyes I witnessed for the first time one successfully fly to another treetop and the sibling immediately follow. Another highlight was watching a parent deliver a short tailed shrew to a fledgling. I sent that picture to a local biologist for confirmation of the schrew identification. Fascinating stuff.


Nests in boxes


Baby barred owls in my backyard

3 responses to “Baby barred owls in my backyard”

  1. Paula says:

    Oh my gosh ~ absolutely love this video. Those owls are adorable!

    • Scott says:

      They were a total joy to watch. They were in view outside my kitchen window so I got to see them a lot, but it was total luck that I decided to start taking video to capture one fledging the nest and then climbing a nearby tree to safety. So fun.

  2. Rac P. says:

    So sweet!!!🥹

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