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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mother teaching owlets to hunt

Juvenile Great Horned Owls begin to hunt  for themselves in July and August usually between the hours of 8 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Way back in mid-December I heard the mating calls. If all went according to plan, in the next two months, mates were decided, and the female laid 2 to 4 eggs in an old refurbished squirrels nest, other birds nest, or tree snag.

Hatching usually occurs by the end of February. The altricial young are downy, with eyes closed for up to 7 days. Hatchlings are brooded almost constantly by the female for up to 3 weeks. The male parent guards the nest closely.

Nestlings often edge out of the nest by about 32 days but remain near the nest and continue to be cared for by the parents until after full flight is achieved.

At about 6 weeks of age nestlings begin flapping and learning to fly. Their first flight may occur by 9 weeks but sustained flight is usually not achieved until about 12 weeks. Fledglings may spend up to 14 days on the ground prior to achieving full flight capability.

Source: https://www.fs.fed.us.html

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