9/9/18 - Owl box finally up and working. Now the wait to see if it gets visited.
8/31/18 - I moved 14 miles east to Ramona on December 1, 2017. I left the owl box for the new owners and took the red one with me. I have been very busy installing a corral for the horses, a hay barn, work shop, solar, carport, well repair, and have finally gotten around to setting up the owl box.
There were Barn Owls and Great Horned Owls in the area in the spring and I just heard a Great Horned owl the other day, so I have to get the box up by next weekend at the latest.
There are two cameras working in the box, I plan to add a third up high. And maybe a fourth on the opposite wall. Stay tuned.
Ustream.tv was bought by IBM and is shutting down the free broadcasts on 9/17. They want $99 a month to broadcast! I will be thinking about that for the next 17 days…
11/14/17 - The barn owls have been visiting the owl box every night. I finally got a picture of both last night. At 1:30 am, the resident Great Horned Owl pair were in a tree 50’ from the owl box hooting back and forth very loud. I couldn’t see them, but took photos anyway. Zooming in on the photo, I was able to see both in the tree.
11/2/17 - Cameras in the box are not working. Using a video camera and a spotlight, I discovered the Barn Owl is residing in the box. It came to the doorway when I flashed the spotlight on the doorway.
10/27/17 - The Barn Owl is in the box looking down at me as I took it's picture! The picture is on my Facebook page. Last year the GHO's showed up in December, the year before February! Maybe it's going to be squatter's rights
10/26/17 - I heard a barn owl in the back yard. Took a spot light out and to my amazement, there was a barn owl looking at me from the palm tree where the Great Horned Owls would perch!
Lily & Herman, Great Horned Owls - Second year. They had 3 babies in 2016 and 4 babies in 2017.
The owl box previously occupied by Lucy and Ricky - Barn Owls for 4 years
Eggs - 2-3, sometimes 1-5, rarely 6. Dull whitish. Incubation mostly by female, 28-35 days. Young: Both parents take part in providing food for young owls. Young may leave nest and climb on nearby branches at 5 weeks, can fly at about 9-10 weeks; tended and fed by parents for up to several months.
Audubon - Guide to North American Birds
7/5/17 - Heard a baby owl late last night and early this morning. But nothing this evening. My guess is the fireworks at the nearby high school scared it from where it was.
6/26/17 - No owl activity for a week, so the owls have moved on for the summer.
6/22/17 - Just had several days of high temps, briefly reach 100 degrees. There has been very little owl activity, haven’t seen or heard them since Sunday, 6/18.
6/17/17 - Last night I could hear a pair of babies chirping back and forth to the east, and two to the weest, so I feel confident the 4 are still around. I heard Lily calling last night for the first time since Herman left at the end of April. This morning I saw two babies and Lily.
5/30/17 - Babies playing in a field and on the neighbors abandoned corral at sunset. Three babies seen in one shot, fourth flew by, but not on camera. Sorry for the jiggle, camera zoom is 50x, and the tripod wasn't tall enough for where I was shooting from.
5/29/17 - 7:45pm - Lily and the babies have been spotted frequently in the trees nearby. We discovered them playing on the ground yesterday, got some pretty good photos. So today, got the video camera out and captured some activity. In the sequence, the mockingbirds are harassing them so you never see all 4 together, but I was able to account for all 4 babies.
5/16/17 - 6am - I saw all 4 baby owls and Lily this morning.
5/2/17 - 6am - I saw all 4 baby owls and Lily when I was feeding the horses this morning, so they all made it! The babies are to the left and Lily is on the right.
4/28/17 - 6:30am - I saw three babies in the trees and Lily was nearby talking to them. They eventually moved further into the trees to become invisible. new messages
4/26/17 - 5:45am - Lily made her last visit to the platform to feed. She must have said something because when she left, the three babies took off shortly thereafter! They flew east to the trees about 50 yards away. I saw them when I was feeding the horses, got a picture of one with my phone. I could see the other two, but they didn't show up in the pictures. Cameras will be off line for a while.
4/24/17 – 10pm – Three owls in the box during the day, at sundown they discovered that they “could really fly’ bouncing around from the platform to the cameras to the rooftop. They were having a really great time. #4 is still MIA.
4/23/17 - 9pm - Two owls in the box all day, the third owl was sitting on a solar light attached to the owl box post all day. I positioned a 10' ladder with in flight range of the light. Finally at sundown, the owl 'flies' directly up to the platform. A little later another miss it's landing on a camera platform and falls to the ground. Then it finds the ladder and climbs up, step by step and then flies back to the platform.
4/22/17 - 9:22 pm - One owlet attempting to jump to the closest camera missed and fell to the ground. We were able to follow it for a while. With our focus on looking for that one, another fell offf. the other two were on the roof of the owl box. We are assuming Buckwheat and Wheezer (7 weeks old) were on the roof and Dorothy and Froggy (6+ weeks old) fell to the ground.
4/21/17 - Buckwheat, Wheezer, Dorothy & Froggy practicing for their takeoff!
Buckwheat and Wheezer are 'branching'.
Buckwheat flies from the platform on top of the closest camera to the roof of the owl box.
4/20/17 - 7:30pm - Runway practice - At 6 weeks old, Buckwheat, Wheezer, Dorothy & Froggy practicing their take off! https://youtu.be/NujMVd-zMJE×
4/17/17 - Here is a short video showing where Lily is watching the owl box from this morning. https://youtu.be/rrTym-VXST
4/12/17 - It seems that Lily is signaling to the babies when it's OK to come out onto the ramp. In the beginning of the video, all four babies come out.
5:41pm - Buckwheat comes out on the ramp, the others eventually follow. 9:21pm - Lily brings a rat. 10:18pm - Lily brings a rabbit. 10:59pm - Lily brings another rabbit.
3/28/17 - 2am - Lily lures Buckwheat out of the owl box. Buckwheat spends the morning outside.
3/8/17 Noon - Fourth egg hatched at 33 days, welcome FROGGY!!!
3/6/17 5:30am Three owlets, one egg, no pips, Based on when it was laid, we are at 31 days for the last egg. Buckwheat hatched at 37 days, Wheezer at 34 days, and Dorothy at 34 days.
3/5/17 - 5:15am - two babies and a big pip. 5:30am Lily eating a new shell. DOROTHY arrives. 6:49pm three baby owls visible, no pip on the remaining egg.
3/4/7 - 12:08am Pip still visible, 3:54am Lily leaves, baby visible, welcome BUCKWHEAT.
Video - https://youtu.be/zClF4qTBhsQ
Second baby spotted at 7:37pm, welcome WHEEZER
3/3/17 - Pip spotted around 6:30pm, confirmed at 7:23pm.
9:19pm, pip clearly visible and peeping heard
2/3/17 - 4th egg spotted at 1:30am!!! Eggxact time and video to follow.....
1/27/17 - Hooters - Herman and Lily having a conversation. ***Hooters***
1/28/17 AM - Lily laid the second egg around 4am!
1/25/17 AM - Lily laid the first egg around 11am!
1/25/17 AM - Herman and Lily have been visiting regularly since October of 2016. Herman frequently goes in the box and does house cleaning. Today was the first day Lily is spending the day in the box.
12/22/16 - Herman arrives, at 7:30 pm with a mouse, calls to Lily who eventually arrives on the camera. (Note ; the camera is moving, not the owl box.) Herman goes inside the box. Lily lands on the front porch. Herman gives the mouse to Lily!
12/11/16 - Herman arrives, at 1:30am with a rat, calls to Lily who eventually arrives. Notice how much bigger Lily is as she tries to reach into the box for the rat. Herman gives the rat to Lily!
12/5/16 - Late evening visit, Herman brings in a rat, hands it off to Lily at the door. Stays for 5 minutes, comes back 30 minutes later.
6/1/16 - I found all three baby Great Horned Owls, Eddie, Marilyn and Spot this morning sitting in a tree, with Lily nearby. One time when I came out through the garage this morning to feed the horses, one of the babies was in the driveway, looking for a baby rabbit hiding in a woodpile. Just couldn't get the phone camera ready fast enough.
5/18/16 - Spot, the last baby hatched on 4/1/16 left the owl box at 5:34am this morning. Spot took a short flight to a pepper tree 30 feet away. Looks like that's where Spot will be the resting for the day. One camera has been moved to watch the tree but Spot is camera shy. Herman and Lily are in the palm tree in the back yard.
5/17/16 - Spot, the last baby gets up the nerve to climb up the owl box. Spot is 46 days old. It spent the night mostly alone, other than Lily coming to feed. More important, successfully got back down!
5/15/16 - Found the first baby sitting on the bottom of a fence rail behind a cactus... This baby is sitting where Lily can see it during the day. I'm sure #2 is around here somewhere!
Powlway - Great Horned Owl Babies, Lily and Herman 5/14/16
Even with a bigger platform added on 5/12/16 and a rope bead around the edge, the baby owl managed to slip off the edge and didn't have the wing power yet to get back up. It was on the ground under the owl box briefly, then disappeared.
Later in the evening, Lily fed the remaining owl and left with half a rat, hopefully to feed the other baby.
Powlway - Great Horned Owl Babies, Lily and Herman 5/4/16
On 5/4 at 10:25pm, Lily brought a mouse and fed the babies from the porch. She teased the babies out to the platform. Two went out. She fed for 10+ minutes and left at 10:36PM.
Two babies stay out on the platform for 23 minutes (I cut some out). At 11PM a baby starts to flap, moving backward and falls off the perch.
At 1:23 PM on 5/5 I found the baby on my front porch. Added a camera view. Lily and Herman are right around the corner.
I've added a 2x4 up to the solar light to assist in a walk up.
Hoping for a good outcome.
Powlway - Great Horned Owl Babies, Lily and Herman 4/27/16
Herman arrives first, goes in the box, looking for Lily. Lily arrives, goes inside and sees Herman. They do a quick dance and Lily chases Herman out! Very crowded with 5 owls in the box.The oldest baby is 28 days old.
Powlway - Great Horned Owl Babies, Lily and Herman 4/23/16
Lily brings in a mouse, feeds, goes out to the front porch. Herman comes by and sits on a perch above a camera.
Powlway - Great Horned Owl Baby eating a mouse 4/13/16
Last evening, Lily made three quick visits to the box. On the second, I thought I saw a mouse, but she quickly covered the babies, so I couldn't see what was going on. On the third return, I saw the mouse and she handed it off to one of the babies and this is what followed. The babies are just under 2 weeks old.
This chart is for barn owls, but will give an idea of the growth rate: http://www.dennisalbert.com/Lucytheowl/AgingBarnOwls.jpg
https://youtu.be/b9-QYjHVq9IGHO - FAQ's - http://www.birds.cornell.edu/page.aspx?pid=2710 & http://landingsbirdcam.com/eagles/great-horned-owl-facts/
3/30/16 - Two eggs hatched today, one around 7:11pm and the second around 9:17pm!!! First was Eddie and second was Marilyn. The third egg hatched on 4/1 and it's name is Spot! Assuming they hatched in order of being laid, incubation was 38, 35, 33 days
3/15/16 - Although first egg is probably not viable it's due to hatch on 3/22-25, then the second egg should hatch 3/25-28. Also, if you have followed the barn owls in the past, there are differences in the way the GHO act. Among other things, I have not seen any 'horks' and there are no pellets on the ground.
2/1/2016 - In the past this was Lucy the Owl and we had barn owls. This year there were no barn owls in the area. Out of no where, two Great Horned Owls showed up and have taken over the owl box! First egg was laid on 2/22/16, second one on 2/25/16 and the third on 2/28. GHO lay fewer eggs than Barn Owls. Great Horned Owls usually incubate their eggs for about 30—37 days. This should be amazing!
3/1/2015 - Barn Owls visited, but did not attempt to nest.
2/1/2014 - We use to be Lucy the Owl. Lucy and Ricky have moved on. New residents, could be Alphie (female) and a male. They had a clutch last year, but abandoned the nest, It's been another really dry year and the rodent population is down.