Pets, Animals - Birds
|Alessondra's thrilled that you've visited the Ustream feed dedicated to "Mr. & Mrs. Tiger" and their nest on our second-story planter ledge. As homeschooling parents who believe every experience in life has educational value, we've set up cameras to help give our daughters a better view of the entire experience, and we happily welcome the rest of the world to join us. Learn more about why we do this and check out our complete FAQ and past nest info below.|
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|NAME||LAID DATE||PIP DATE||HATCH DATE|
|Saber||1.10.14||2.12.14 - 4:00pm||2.13.14 - 10:23pm|
|Amur (Amuracle)||1.13.14||2.13.14 - 12:00pm||2.15.14 - 7:41pm|
|Bengal||1.16.14||2.16.14 - 6:55pm||2.18.14 - 9:59pm|
|• This is the 5th time eggs have been laid here|
• This is the 1st time a 3rd egg has been laid (usually 2 eggs)
• Same nest location as last year’s, but new pot & organic soil mix.
Alessondra updates on what to expect in the coming weeks on the nest, as well as brings you up to speed on the status of the Give A Hoot About Hunger campaign.
|Through this experience, we all get a front row view of nature at its best: a mother and father owl able to provide an abundance of food for their young ones to hopefully thrive and eventually have families of their own. |
The human race, however, is much more complicated. Too often, people aren't fully able to make ends meet and provide food for themselves or their families. We, the Click Family, are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to come to the aid of those in need, and therefore we are raising our daughters in this mindset.
1 in 4 children in the state of OK is at risk of not having access to the proper nutrition to live a functional life. The same is true for 1 in 6 adults. Alessondra has found a passion for helping others by volunteering with the Regional Food Bank of OK's "Food for Kids" Backpack Program, which provides backpacks of nutritious food for kids and families in need throughout the state of OK.
|Please take a moment to view her video, and we invite you to join us in fighting hunger by donating $5 (or an amount of your choice) directly to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help provide meals to those in need.|
|We are a young family of four, with two daughters, Alessondra (8) & Giavauna (3) Deziray home schools Alessondra (and will Giavauna, eventually, as well), co-leads a women's ministry, and is a Physician Assistant by profession. Jeff is commercial real estate developer and owner of a company that builds new homes in Oklahoma City. They are members of Lifechurch.tv, and enjoy involvement both at church and within the community.|
Anchor, Ali Meyer.
with OKC's FOX25.
Doing a photo shoot and interview for
Edmond Outlook magazine.
|Where is this nest?|
The nest is in a fiberglass planter box atop an iron planter ledge under upper story windows of the front our home in NW Oklahoma City. It is one of three planter boxes on the ledge, all of which are approximately 12” deep, by 12” tall, and 24” wide. They are filled with an organic mix of vermiculite, peat moss, and mushroom compost. This mix was chosen both for good growing conditions, as well as a healthy, chemical-free soil for the owls.
atop the ledge where the nest is.
|Have there been past owlets?|
Yes, in 2012, two eggs were laid, but only one of them successfully hatched. Alessondra named that owl, “Tiger Lily”. The non-viable egg was carried off by Mrs. Tiger shortly after the hatch failed. “Tiger Lilly” successfully fledged in March of 2012. In 2013, both eggs successfully hatched, and Alessondra named them, “Tigris” and “Teegra.” They both successfully fledged in March of 2013. You can watch video of Teegra’s cinematic, lone fledge two days after Tigris fledged, here.
both hatched and successfully fledged.
|The stream is run from a Macbook Pro running Ustream's Producer Pro software. We have 5 cameras strategically placed, which are a combination of Logitech C920 & C615 HD Webcams. Since only 2 USB cameras can be connected at once to Producer, all 5 cameras are connected to 30-meter amplified USB cables that run to our "tech closet" where the Macbook Pro is, out of site from the nest. The active cameras can be switched to and from, along with combined picture-in-picture and zoomed shots thanks to Producer Pro.|
|Last year it appeared necessary to install a thin, bird-friendly netting tightly around the outside of the iron ledge to prevent any accidental falls between the balusters. After a risky job installing it under the ire of protective parents, it proved to be needless. The owlets didn't roam outside of the pot until they were agile enough and too big to easily fit through any gaps. Once they were mature enough to "rail" (walk along the top rail of the ledge), they often snagged their talons in the netting, and once even becoming entangled. The netting also tended to amass their defecation, which Jeff wasn't cool with.|
and the aftermath from Tigris & Teegra
|We have committed to teaching our daughters how to learn from every experience we are blessed with in life. The information you find here is a culmination of what we've learned over the past few years, along with numerous contributions from viewers, our chat moderators, and people very knowledgeable about owls or birds in general. We do regularly seek the council of trusted experts as to how we can ensure the best outcome for the Tiger Family, but our philosophy is to not only remain as welcoming hosts to both the owls and you, but more importantly to remain simple observers of nature's best lessons learned through this opportunity.|
last year at Alessondra's 8th birthday party
which was owl-themed.
|apteria - places on owls' bodies where no feathers grow, noticeably on the side of the neck, wingpits, and down the middle of the front of their body. (See also "Brood Patch")||asymmetrical - the off-center position of the ears on either side of the head; right ear is typically set higher in the skull and at a slightly different angle. Tilting/turning the head helps the owl pinpoint the exact direction of the sound's source.|
beak clicking - owls can make clicking noises with their tongues, often as part of a threat display
branchers - when the owlets start roaming onto nearby branches at 6-7 weeks. In Mrs. T’s nest, onto the nearby planter box! (See also "railing")
brood - a verb: the act of keeping the chicks warm by covering them with feathers. NOT the same as incubation. (See also "Incubation")
brood patch - a sparsely feathered area on the belly; the almost bare skin has a higher density of blood vessels than other parts of the skin, providing a direct source of warmth when in contact with the eggs.
cast - a verb: throwing up a pellet that consists of fur and bones from a previous meal. (See also "hork")
clutch - a full set of eggs laid by a bird.
crepuscular - means most active at dawn and dusk. GHOs aren’t strictly nocturnal (active at night), they are generally more crepuscular.
facial disk - a concave, flat, forward-facing facial structure ringed with distinctive feathers to help funnel sound to a bird's ears for more acute hearing. A facial disk is a key field mark for many owls.
feak - a verb, as in feaking: wiping the bill on a branch or perch after eating to get the food bits off the bill.
fledge - fledge, a verb: as in when young owlets are beginning to fly: fledging.
fledglings - when young owlets are beginning to fly. It takes practice, so this process takes time and they are very vulnerable.
flutings - comb-like or fimbriate (fringe-like) leading edge of the primary wing feathers effectively muffles the sound of the air rushing over the wing surface and allows the Owl to fly silently.
gular fluttering - or panting are terms for when an owl opens its mouth and puffs its throat in and out to cool off when hot or stressed.
hork - a verb: the “OKC Owl Cam” term for throwing up a pellet that consists of fur and bones from a previous meal. (See also “cast”.)
incubation - the act of keeping the eggs warm enough for embryos to develop into chicks. Done by females in GHOs.
mantling - hunching over a recent kill by standing over and spreading the wings slightly to try to hide it from other potential predators. Not necessarily seen at the nest, but perhaps w/owlets in play.
nictitating membrane - also referred to as the third eyelid. It is a milky blue (in GHOs) translucent membrane that blinks separately from the regular eyelids. It protects and moistens the eye.
owlet - the term for a young owl; can be nestlings (young ones on the nest) or fledglings (ready to leave the nest or having recently left the nest & learning to fly).
pellet - a dense, compact ball of indigestible material such as the fur, bones and teeth of an owl's prey. Owls cannot pass that material through their digestive tracts and instead regurgitate pellets several hours after eating in order to make room for the next meal.
rictal bristles - hair-like densely packed modified feathers packed around the beak... like whiskers. They help the owl when doing something close up, like eating or feeding owlet.
scapular - shoulder; it provides a foundation for the attachments of the muscles that move the wing.
talons - the claws on the ends of each toes (four on each foot). They are the equivalent of toenails and grow continuously , self-sharpening. (See zygodactyl). Talons can exert a force of almost thirty pounds PSI (per square inch)!
unihemispheric - literally, “half the brain is asleep and the other half is awake;” gives them the ability to watch for enemies and still catch up on their sleep.
ventriloquial - literally, “the art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source;" the owls' hoots that are projected from their throat not their beak.
zygodactyl - having two toes projecting forward and two projecting backward
|This amazing group of individuals voluntarily directs our chat with a warm welcome, an encouraging tone, and a sincere desire to educate and serve those who have questions. Every moderator does this on a voluntary basis, and does far more than "just chatting." Additional help they provide includes compiling helpful information for the viewers and chatters, as well as to be integrated into the OKC Owl Cam page. A few have even, literally, helped clean up the aftermath of the nest at the Click house.|
a few friends and Chat Moderators at her
"Owlessondra" 8th Birthday Party.