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#21 RE: Texas Barn Owls by altazena 29.05.2014 07:49

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It looks like one (or maybe two) of the youngest didn't make it. Today I see a non-moving white spot on the floor. I think I see three large owlets, although perhaps there is a fourth back there.

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#22 RE: Texas Barn Owls by altazena 30.05.2014 07:33

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I only see three owlets. This morning the biggest was trying to eat a whole rodent all by itself while the smallest really wanted it. The third is at the back wall in the first image. Mom is watching in the second image. I'm not sure how this will end. Will mom tear it up for the others eventually, or will big one manage to get it down?

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#23 RE: Texas Barn Owls by altazena 31.05.2014 11:30

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#24 RE: Texas Barn Owls by patticake 31.05.2014 11:54

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Evidently the 2 missing owlets were killed by the other 3. I have never seen this happen in a Barn Owl nest before. This warning comes up on the site now before you enter. Food must be scarce or the dad is not providing enough food?

Siblicide Advisory
Siblicide has been observed at this nest and may occur again because of competition for food. Siblicide is a natural event and a well-documented behavior for nestlings of some bird species, including Barn Owls. Please choose an option below to keep watching or to view another cam.

#25 RE: Texas Barn Owls by altazena 31.05.2014 12:13

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I think there is a distinction to be made here between outright siblicide and death by starvation. Osprey and many eagles species have blatant siblicide where there much is aggression between siblings, especially when the food supply is low. On the other hand, in all the barn owls I have watched, the problem is that the smallest don't get fed, die of starvation, and then are fed to the ones that are left. The parent often favors the larger offspring and thus makes the problem worse. I'd like to know more about this "well-documented behavior." Has anyone, in a barn owl or any owl species, seen an owlet kill it's sibling? The cam operators that presented that "Advisory" may not be making the distinction I have presented above.

#26 RE: Texas Barn Owls by altazena 01.06.2014 07:42

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All three owlets are still alive. The little one is in the middle here.

#27 RE: Texas Barn Owls by patticake 10.06.2014 10:14

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We watched Casper deliver the biggest rat last night and watched in disbelief as one of the owlets swallowed it!
Debbiemango videoed it. You gotta watch this one!

#28 RE: Texas Barn Owls by Hiker 10.06.2014 10:24

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Wholly Crap!! I just wish I could have been in the chat room with you patti!!

#29 Texas Barn Owls by SCluvineagles 11.06.2014 00:11

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Sorry Patti, but that's some homely looking owlets They look like a cross between an owl and a Toucan Sam!! LOL Nice job though on the phat rat.

#30 RE: Texas Barn Owls by patticake 19.06.2014 08:59

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They are .......ummm...........extra special looking right now.

Here's a cute video from debbiemango

#31 RE: Texas Barn Owls by altazena 19.06.2014 19:57

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I know... not the cutest of youngsters, and kind of scrawny, too.

#32 RE: Texas Barn Owls by patticake 19.06.2014 21:14

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They are so ugly, they're cute - well, kind of.

They've been very active the last 2 days. I watch them early in the morning while I have my coffee and just sit here and giggle at them. Two of them stepped out of the box but got right back in before too long. All three have the longest legs I've ever seen. Must be a Texas thang. LOL!

We had a flasher in the door tonight..

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#33 RE: Texas Barn Owls by patticake 20.06.2014 09:10

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We've got 3 well fed happy owlets this morning and a full pantry of food in the left back corner. They even have Mom spending the day with them today.

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#34 RE: Texas Barn Owls by Hiker 20.06.2014 10:11

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They are very cute Barn Owletts. It was great fun watching them watch each other. I love this stage. I wish it could go on forever.

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#35 RE: Texas Barn Owls by patticake 20.06.2014 22:34

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ROFL Hiker! That was fun to watch.

Here's another episode I watched today.


A RaptorCentral Video

#36 RE: Texas Barn Owls by Hiker 21.06.2014 09:10

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I was dancing to the music.

#37 RE: Texas Barn Owls by patticake 27.06.2014 09:11

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A few days make a huge difference! These 3 are morphing into beautiful Barn Owls now. I love watching them in the morning when they're focusing on some unseen thing and bobbing their heads turning them sideways and upside down. There's one owlet that likes to stand on the rim of the box bobbing it's head and trying to stay awake. It will bob and bob and then fall asleep for a second making it unsteady and losing it's balance. LOL! The youngest one and the one on the rim seem to stay together while the 3rd owlet is more of a loner and likes that back left corner. It stares down at something on the floor in fascination bobbing and weaving it's head and has that "stink eye" look. The young one still has a lot of baby fuzz but the one on the rim helps preen it. I guess it figures since the young one is going to follow it around it might as well help it fix it's hair.
II still can't get over those legs.

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#38 RE: Texas Barn Owls by Hiker 27.06.2014 09:32

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You tell a wonderful owl story, patti. There is so much life and personality that you give them. The fifth picture really shows the gams. Very cute!!

#39 RE: Texas Barn Owls by patticake 01.07.2014 09:49

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Does it get any better than watching Barneys in the morning? I think not.

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#40 RE: Texas Barn Owls by HbrgA 01.07.2014 17:03

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They are the best "Bobbettes"

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