Friday, May 31, 2013

Owl Fledglings

A couple of years ago we were able to finally identify an odd call we had heard in the dark from our porch. It was the sound of barred owls, giving long, raspy, rising whistles. This year when we started hearing it from our porch, we knew that it was the owls. But we recently learned that it is actually the begging call of the fledglings. We can locate two with our ears. Here is what we hear. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the linked page.

We hear this day and night.

Here is our mama. I think she is stunning.

This is one of the fledglings. Note the difference in tail feather length. They definitely flutter-fly like babies but these babies are pretty much the same size as their mama.

It is such a joy to have these large, beautiful birds in our yard.

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