August 28, 2014
Dad and Second Oldest Juvenile Return
The male parent returns in the evening of August 27 to spend some time in the box tweeting, dancing, preening and listening to the noises outside. In the morning of August 28 the second oldest juvenile pops in for a quick scratch around the box. The young owls' first attempts to capture live prey is a great move towards independence. Before they started to make their first hunting attempts (which they may be doing now) they would have been sitting around relying entirely on the adults to bring them food, even after leaving the confines of the nest box. As we are hearing the young occasionally through the night and one returns to the box, it appears the owls are staying within the vicinity of the nest site. They may be making short flights and roosting elsewhere but are still considering the nest box as a base which they associate with food. In September they are likely to start wandering further and may chase after their parents, possibly for food. As their confidence grows they will move further and by October will likely lose the association with the nest.