March 31, 2015
Fledgling and Adult Return to Nest
In this clip we see one of the fledglings drop into the nest. The juvenile jumps and pounces on feathers. All good practice for hunting in the future. The Mother arrives later to consume and remove some remaining prey from the nest. Fledglings remain in close company for several weeks, thereafter they loose association. They often roost together in the same tree in the immediate vicinity. Adults generally roost away from the young, who react to the sight of the adults with begging calls and flights towards the adults. Fledged owls remain with parents throughout most of the summer and may be seen begging for food into October, four to five months after leaving the nest. The juveniles will start to capture insects over the summer and will move on to mammals and birds towards the fall. They may become independent of the adults by late fall, early winter.