Five short-eared owl babies born


This video from Britain is called Separating Short-eared and Long-eared Owls.

Translated from Natuurmonumenten conservation organisation in the Netherlands:

Young short-eared owls born in Skrok

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:11

Unique: Five owlets were born from a nesting pair of short-eared owls in Skrok nature reserve. Unique to the Frisian area, 10km north of Sneek. It is certainly twenty years since breeding short-eared eared owls had been observed there for the last time.

Mowing postponed

Ranger Sander Veenstra: “Now that we know this, we will definitely not mow this plot in the coming weeks.” …

It’s a good short-eared owl year. This year there is a surplus of mice. And that is visible. In the nest of this couple there are mice which have not even been eaten. The parents have made a sort of a pantry. The owlets can use this as well in the coming months. In a few weeks’ time, they will fly off. A unique event for Skrok,” says ranger Sander Veenstra.

Snowy owl nest in Alaska on the Internet


This video says about itself:

Arctic Snowy Owl Prey Delivery by Male

9 July 2014

A pile of four owlets await their mother’s arrival on the tundra outside Barrow, Alaska. Soon after she alights, the male owl flies in to deliver a lemming, exchanges it with the female, and departs while she begins to provision the owlets.

Learn about the Owl Research Institute’s work with Snowy Owls here.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Watch Snowy Owlets in Alaska

In the tundra around Barrow, Alaska, Snowy Owls nest in the 24-hour sunlight. Now you can watch one of these nests, featuring seven growing owlets, live on our Bird Cams. The camera is located a respectful distance from the nest, so be aware that the owlets are not always visible (they tend to hunker behind a low rise). But their parents visit regularly with meals of lemming and duck—as you can see in this video highlight. What are the owlets up to now? Check in on the Snowy Owl cam.

Got Snowy Questions? We’re holding live-chat Q&A sessions every day through Friday this week, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Baby long-eared owl, video


This video is about a young long-eared owl in the Netherlands.

Pim Zaalberg made the video on 27 June 2014.

Good Dutch short-eared owl news


This video is called An Introduction to the Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus).

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

Critically endangered short-eared owl nests at exceptionally many places

Post published by BirdLife Netherlands on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In some meadow bird areas in Friesland, Overijssel and Utrecht provinces, recently there are surprisingly many short-eared owls’ nests. This is unique, because the species breeds only in the Netherlands on the Wadden islands, annually between 22 and 27 nesting couples. The short-eared owl, being critically endangered, is on the Red List. The very large number of mice this year is probably the explanation for the large number of nests.

In Friesland, in the Eempolder (Utrecht province) and in the Polder Mastenbroek (Overijssel) recently several nesting short-eared owls have been observed. That is rather special: in the Polder Mastenbroek, for example, 1983 was the last time a short-eared owl hatched. Now there is evidence there for some five nests. It is a late-nesting species, which are still sitting on eggs or owlets by now. This makes them very vulnerable to mowing. So, be alert to short-eared owls nesting in your neighborhood and warn the local Agricultural Nature Society if you have evidence of a breeding pair.

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Adult and young long-eared owl, video


This video shows an adult long-eared owl.

A bit higher in the same tree, its youngster.

Robin de Heij in the Netherlands made the video.

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Good Dutch little owl news


This is a video about little owls.

The Dutch ornithologists of SOVON report that this year seems to be a good year so far for rodents in some regions of the Netherlands.

That means also a good year for birds eating rodents.

Researchers at nest boxes for little owls in the Achterhoek region of the eastern Netherlands find many more rodents at the nests than in earlier years. So far, 2007 was the year with the highest figure: 197 rodents.

This year, the counting is not finished yet, but already 486 rodents were found. 253 of these were wood mice. 145 were common voles. Bank voles: 73. House mice: 8. Water voles: 6. And one young brown rat.

Barn owls can catch enough food as well this year.

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Young owls hatching and fledging on United States webcams


This video from the USA says about itself:

First Glimpse of Barred Owl Chick #1

On April 9, 2014, the female Barred Owl on the Wild Birds Unlimited camera left the nest for a few minutes and we were able to get a glimpse of the hatchling #1. Note the fish prey in the bottom right that was brought into the nestbox; not always a food associated with owls.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Nonstop Owl Action

Our two owl cams have been a whirlwind of activity over the last few days. The three owlets at the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam were named Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by the cams community, and on May 12, Wynken fledged from the box to a nearby maple. Over the next couple days the other two owlets will leave the box, and may not return to it ever again. Don’t miss your chance to see them before they depart for the outside world! Watch the owlets.

In addition to the fledging activity, two of the five eggs at the Texas Barn Owl Box hatched out over Mother’s Day weekend (watch the highlight video), and the third hatched yesterday! The last two should hatch over the next few days. Watch now.

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Owls, crocodiles and wren in Costa Rica


Pacific screech owl, 23 March 2014

23 March 2014. After the shorebirds of the Guanacaste Pacific coast in Costa Rica, we arrived back. At 12:50, the Pacific screech owl family, two parents and three youngsters, turned out to be still present.

Pacific screech owls, 23 March 2014

Pacific screech owls, Costa Rica, 23 March 2014

Not all goes well for birds in Costa Rica, a bird guide born in Dallas, Texas, tells us. There are far less warblers and other migratory birds from North America now than decades ago.

We depart. From the dry part of Costa Rica we go south, to a more rainy area.

A great-tailed grackle on a lamppost near a supermarket.

14:55: near Caldera, royal terns on estuary sandbanks.

Laughing gulls. Marbled godwits.

White-winged dove, 23 March 2014

A white-winged dove.

Brown pelicans, 23 March 2014

Brown pelicans flying.

American crocodile, 23 March 2014

Miles later, we pass the bridge over the Tarcoles river. Quite some American crocodiles on the banks, and in the water.

We arrive near Carara National Park.

This video is called Carara National Park Costa Rica.

This is a special area. The northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica is dry. While southern Pacific Costa Rica has rainforests.

In Carara National Park, both environments meet, making for much biodiversity.

A clay-coloured thrush sings.

House wren, 23 March 2014

A house wren just three meter away on the lawn.

Leaf-cutter ants‘ highways cut through the grass surface.

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Dutch eagle owl nest webcam


This video from Britain is called BBC – Natural World – Return Of The Eagle Owl.

This year, Dutch eagle owls nested at a different spot than in earlier years. So, the webcam at the usual spot did not register much.

However, now there is a new webcam, closer to the new nest site. It is here.

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Barn owl nest webcam


This video from the USA is called Utah Barn Owl Nest box 2.

At a barn owl nest on Texel island in the Netherlands, there is a webcam. It is here.

Bahamas barn owls: here.