Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Molly and her nest box


This spring, my friend Annie turned me on to a live camera that is placed inside a box, 15 ft. off the ground, in nearby San Marcos, California. By the time I started watching, Molly, the barn owl mom, had already had her eggs and they had hatched. I was able to watch as the babies grew, the parents delivered food, and finally, when they fledged. It was a mesmerizing experience and I only regret I didn't have more hours to devote to watching.

So...it seems Molly has more eggs, and we are all fortunate enough to have a chance to watch her raise another family. There are several options for watching her, I think...this is the one I've followed. Go to this link and on the upper right hand side of the screen, click on the link to visit the show page. Enjoy!

(PS Photo of Molly taken just a couple of minutes ago, as she rested.)

13 comments:

Kim said...

Oh, that is seriously cool. Thanks for sharing.
Kim

ShabbySheep said...

Yes, Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to tune in!
Sheri

swamericana said...

Wow, what fun! I've never gotten that close to owls. You seem to be having a blast out there.

Taos Sunflower said...

Jack: If you haven't already, a good read is "Wesley the Owl". It's the story about a lab assistant at Cal Tech who, while working in the division studying barn owls, took home a one week old owl and kept him for the remainder of his life...I think maybe 18 years. It is a delightful, informative, and heart wrenching story; I recommend it to everyone. It's been out a couple of years now, should be easy to find. PS Enjoying reading about your vacation in NM...I am not a camper so it's fun to see and hear from your point of view (as always).

RuthieJ said...

Isn't she cute! I've never seen a Barn Owl in real life but hopefully I will some day....

Taos Sunflower said...

She's a sweetie, for sure. It's so much fun to watch the chicks, too. Hope you get to visit her once in a while. What a gift these people have given us with this opportunity. Hope all's well for you, Ruthie...good to hear from you, as always!

Sea Mist and Sunsets said...

Martie,
What a great link. Thank you! I've gotten so far behind of late, it seems I've almost missed two families sprout, grow and fly. Great use of a camera.
Hugs,
Chris

swamericana said...

Martie: No, I've not read "Wesley the Owl," but I thoroughly enjoy work like that. I'm already looking forward to that read. Thanks.

Taos Sunflower said...

It's an extremely poignant story about the author saving the owl, who, in turn, probably saved hers. Hope you enjoy it, Jack.

swamericana said...

Okay, Martie, you've done it to me. I went to Amazon.com to see about "Wesley the Owl" and read the opening pages -- lump in my throat and more. I ordered.

Taos Sunflower said...

Big grin. Let me know if you enjoy it when you have time to read it...

swamericana said...

I am reading it now, finishing the last chapter.

Taos Sunflower said...

That was fast, you must be on a fast track from Amazon! Hope you've enjoyed it. I knew nothing about barn owls prior to reading it, and while my retention is low anymore, I'm glad I read it and it's causing me to enjoy Molly and her adventures so much more. Let me know what you think! Martie