African scops owl video


This video says about itself:

Birding in the Eastern Cape, South AfricaAfrican Scops Owl

22 May 2016

African Scops Owl video clip with call added, near Bathurst, South Africa.

I was privileged to see this beautiful small owl species in the Gambia.

Bolivian minister collects owl sculpture


This video says about itself:

Minister by Day — Owl Collector Always

20 May 2016

Bolivia‘s Education Minister has an eccentric hobby… collecting owls.

Tawny owl 2016 nesting season overview


This 20 May 2016 video by BirdLife in the Netherlands is an overview of the 2016 nesting season of a tawny owl couple and their owlets in a nestbox.

The owlets have fledged now; BirdLife wishes the young tawny owls a good life.

Chaffinch attacks stone owl, video


Peter van den Boom in the Netherlands is the maker of this video. For years, he had a table for feeding birds in his garden, with a little owl sculpture on top of it. He writes (translated):

The birds took no notice of the owl. Until 7 May 2016. Then a female chaffinch attacked the owl, trying to scare it. I have moved the owl after that.

Texas barn owls news update


This video from the USA is called Texas Barn Owl Part 4. Owls have had enough [of inquisitive wood duck] 24 04 2016.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA wrote about this nest box yesterday:

All six eggs in the Texas Barn Owls nest hatched successfully this year, and we are celebrating the excellent care that parents Dottie and Dash have been providing.

As with many of our nests, the Barn Owls experience something called “hatching asynchrony,” which means that the eggs hatch out in the order they were laid, sometimes days apart. In the case of our nest, there were nearly 11 days between the first and last eggs’ hatching, and when the sixth egg hatched, the oldest nestling was around three times the size of the newly hatched owlet! The upside of having so many young at once is that if the parents are able to bring extraordinarily good supply of prey to the nest, then all of the owlets will survive. However, there is a downside—in more challenging years, the youngest or smallest nestlings don’t make it.

This is the reality of being a Barn Owl nestling—sadly, it is rare for all Barn Owl hatchlings to survive to fledging. One 16-year study in Utah found that, on average, only 63 percent of eggs laid hatched and 87 percent of hatchlings survived to fledging. Similar observations have been made on Barn Owl nests in other parts of the world and on this cam.

These are natural conditions affecting wild birds so we will not intervene at the nest. Our Bird Cams are intended to interfere with nature as little as possible, and as in real life, nature shows us beautiful and profound moments as well as moments that seem difficult to comprehend at times. At the Cornell Lab, we look to nature as our teacher and we hope that you, like us, will choose to watch, question, and learn from what we see.

For now, the parents have been able to bring ample prey to the nest and all of the owlets are receiving food and growing as expected. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Dash continues to be an excellent provider of prey—thanks for sharing the experience with us.

Young American barred owls leaving nest


This video from North America says about itself:

Baby Barred Owl with Barred Owl Adults Hooting

A baby Barred Owl exhibiting “branching” behavior the first stage of leaving the nest for owls. Watch as the baby is fascinated with the sights and sounds of the world around it as the bird sees things for the first time. The young owl passes a pellet in the video and also climbs around along the branch of a Texas Red Oak.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

Last night the oldest owlet left the nest box and set out somewhat accidentally into the wide world. Over the next few days don’t miss the chance to see the last two owlets on our Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl cam take their first few steps outside the nestbox, a process called “branching.”

Barred Owls are among the earliest owls to leave the nest, and the owlets on our cam are ready to leave, only 33 days after hatching! During that time the adults have showered them with attention and kept them fed with a supply of vertebrate and invertebrate prey that included crayfish, worms, and even migratory birds.

Each year Wild Birds Unlimited picks 3-5 sets of potential names for the owlets and allows the viewing audience to choose. Cast your vote here and you’ll also be entered in a drawing for a new bird feeder! Be sure to catch the owlets branching while watching the action inside and out. Thanks for watching!

How owls fly silently, video


This video from Britain about a barn owl says about itself:

Experiment! How Does An Owl Fly So Silently? – Super Powered Owls – BBC

29 April 2016

Using sensitive sound equipment the team try to find out how an owl can fly so silently compared to other birds.