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May 04, 2016

Last Barn Owl Egg Hatches

Early this morning the last owlet hatched out of the egg in the Texas Barn Owls nest. 

May 04, 2016

Cam 1 Down For 2016 Season

On the morning of April 29, the Cornell Hawks pan-tilt-zoom cam went offline unexpectedly. After all attempts to contact the cam remotely failed, we made a trip on May 3 to a cluster of equipment mounted lower on the pole, underneath the nest. The good news was that, as expected, the hawks didn't really care that we were working up on the pole. We did our best to stay out of sight underneath the nest, and I think she appreciated that. The bad news is that the issue with cam 1 is happening somewhere above the equipment cluster on the pole, either with the cable feeding the cam OR with the cam itself. This means that the cam will likely be offline the rest of the season. 

May 02, 2016

5th Barn Owl Egg Hatches

The Texas Barn Owls are 5/6 of the way to hatching their complete clutch of eggs. The fifth egg hatched yesterday afternoon, and there's still a possibility that the 6th will hatch as well. You can see in this image that the oldest nestling is perhaps 3x the size of the newly hatched owlet, and there will need to be an extraordinary supply of prey brought to the nest in order for all of the owlets to survive.