Jun 4, 2017

Owlivia and the Owlets: Part 4

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For a second night in a row our trail cam caught some great video of the owlets and their feeding. At the end of this evening, the female owlet fledged.

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On May 11, there was only one male owlet left. He came out to the perch early in the evening. I had quickly ordered a new lens for my camera the day before which arrived just in time to catch some great video and pix. Thank you, Amazon!

May 11, 2017

The male owlet patiently waited for Owlivia to return to feed him as a storm rolled into Fort Worth. He started to become very vocal and then he fledged. At the end of the next video you can hear Owlivia calling out to him.

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We had all become use to our owl family. Owlivia and the owlets were vary familiar with us, especially the girls. Owlivia has a favorite perch behind our house on some wires. I would frequently find her out there when I took the girls out for their last break before bed. The owls didn't mind the pups at all. Everyone living in harmony.

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Owlivia returned early in the morning on Mother's Day. Checking out the home that protected her precious family.

Owlivia and the Owlets: Part 3

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We could hear the owlets getting restless in the shack. Lots of clawing up the insides of the shack learning how to climb. And sure enough, we got to see our first owlet on the perch.

May 9, 2017

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The next day we were treated with both owlets on the perch!

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017

I had a trail cam focused on the owl shack that only worked occasionally. I was lucky that it finally caught some great night time video of Owlivia interacting and feeding her owlets. If you would rather not see her feeding her owlets lizards and a bunch of other small animals, you may want to skip the night feeding video.

Jun 2, 2017

Owlivia and the Owlets: Part 2

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We were so very excited to have an owl resident and it was heartbreaking that the horrible storm came through when it did. After at least 2 years of no owl residents, the first time an owl just gets settled in the tree comes down. But our Mom owl was not going to let that get in her way.

March 31, 2017

April 2, 2017

We decided that our owl needed a name. One of our wonderful blogging and Facebook friends suggested Owlivia. An absolutely perfect name! Derived from Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity. That sums up our owl perfectly!

April 14, 2017

Each evening around dusk, Owlivia would appear and head out for her evening snack.

I had a feeling that the owlets had hatched due to activity in the owl shack during the day. Through some small holes on the side of the house you could see movement and fuzzy feathers.

April 19, 2017

April 23, 2017

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Wanting to catch a glimpse of the owlets, we took a quick look. They were safely tucked away under Mom.

Each day Owlivia would emerge at dusk to obtain her evening meal for her and her owlets. It was neat to hear her climb up the insides of the shack when she would exit. 

I then started to hear more activity in the owl shack during the day. We were very committed to not disturbing them but took one last peak in the owl shack and were rewarded with two beautiful owlets.

May 8, 2017

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Owlivia and the Owlets: Part 1

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Several years ago we installed an owl shack
On January 6, 2017 our first visitor arrived.

She is a beautiful Eastern Screech Owl.

On March 28 a terrible storm ripped through Fort Worth in the middle of the night. It felt like a tornado. Bringing down two of our huge trees, one of which broke into our dining room and tons of limbs from other trees. 

All of us waiting out the storm in our old-timey bathroom. 
Our girls don't mind storms but this one left a mark on Addie, 
who now gets very nervous with loud thunder storms.

As we were quickly coming down stairs, we heard glass 
breaking as we were getting in our bathroom for shelter.

 We were incredibly lucky with how this tree fell. 
It could have done considerable damage to our house. 

The morning after the storm, as our tree service was working on cutting up the trees one of the men stated that there was a very angry owl who scared the life out of them. 

Our poor owl had spent the storm in the owl shack on a tree that had fallen. 
The fallen tree was being supported by one of our other trees. 

When it came time to bring the tree down, the owl shack was gently removed with Mom owl and her eggs inside. She was not thrilled but we had no choice.

As quickly as possible, the owl shack was relocated to another tree that was right next to the one that had come down.

Our Mom owl was very happy to be reunited with her eggs later that day. She is one tough owl!