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Barn Owls Are Fledging!


So far, three owlets have left the box, then returned. When will the fourth step outside? Watch Cam

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July 07, 2015

Alternate Nest

The Montana Osprey Cams project recently confirmed that the new nest on the stadium lights is in fact Stan and Iris’s. In this clip we see one of the pair adding nesting material to the lights. It is not unusual for ospreys and other raptors to have more than one nest in a territory. Raptors can build alternate nests before or during the breeding season and after breeding failure or success. Records are still scarce and isolated in regards to nest construction after reproductive failure. Failed breeders may use an alternative nest in a following year, but data is lacking to confirm how often this occurs. This particular nest will be removed by University of Montana upon Stan and Iris’s departure for migration. The location is not safe and it is a potential fire hazard (the lights will not be used while the birds are present). 

July 06, 2015

Youngest Owlet Almost Branched

The youngest owlet, that many viewers have called Ollie, almost branched just before sunrise. Gripping the nest box entrance hole with both feet, but not quite taking the first step out of the box. Will we see the juvenile branch soon? We think so. 

July 06, 2015

Niaulani Fledged (video highlight)

In this handheld video taken by the property owners on the island of Kauai, Niaulani takes her first flight furiously flapping to find a new world of fish and squid. Niau fledged about 156 days post-hatch, and will spend the next 3--5 years traveling the open oceans before returning to land.  

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