Recovered owls set free

This video is about young barn owls at a nest box.

Warden Wicher Pen writes today that five young owls, which had to be cared for in a bird rehabilitation center in Zundert in the Netherlands, have been freed on 11 July 2016 on Goeree Overflakkee island.

At the moment, there are 85 barn owl nest boxes at farms on that island. The farmers like them, also because the owls catch mice. This year, barn owls nested in 22 of the boxes. So far, about 60 young owls have fledged. As barn owls may nest twice a year, that number may still increase.

On 11 July, people brought a young female barn owl to an empty nest box. The same day, she already caught mice at that farm. Maybe next spring she will nest there.

Four long-eared owls were freed in a woodland. These young birds had probably been left alone by their parents, and had been reared in Zundert.

United States bird nest webcams round-up

This video from the USA is called Savannah Great Horned Owls, 14 January 2016.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Each year, we’re excited to share the beauty and discovery that accompanies a new season of nesting and raising the next generation of birds. The season’s round-up shows the spectrum of successes and challenges that birds experience.

  • In April, two owlets fledged from the Great Horned Owl cam hosted by Skidaway Audubon in Savannah, Georgia. Since then, an Osprey pair has been spending time at the nest site throughout the summer.
  • The Barred Owls featured on our Wild Birds Unlimited cam fledged three young in May.
  • On the Cornell hawks cam, Big Red and Ezra fledged three young for the fifth year in a row. Unfortunately, in the weeks after fledging, G1 and G3 were found injured after apparently colliding into windows or buildings. Both received care from the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center at Cornell. G1 is healing well and is in the care of a rehabilitator. We are sad to report that G3 had to be euthanized after veterinarians found that it would not be able to recover from its severe injury.
  • Record-breaking rainfall and flash flooding made it difficult for the Texas Barn Owls to find enough food for their six young. Dash, the male, disappeared, four owlets starved, and one owlet was taken and presumably killed by an unknown Barn Owl. The Cornell Lab asked a rehabilitator to take in the last remaining owlet after the female, Dottie, disappeared from the nest for more than two days. Pearl the owlet is doing well at the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Dottie has since returned to the nest and has paired with another male.
  • On our longstanding Hellgate Osprey cam with the Montana Osprey Project, Stanley did not return to the nest to breed this year, leaving Iris to breed with a new male named Louis. Unfortunately, all of the eggs were either damaged, predated, or failed to hatch.
  • The young Laysan Albatrosses, Honua, Hala, and Keiki, fledged, and another three are due to fledge soon. See the next news item for details.

Many viewers have told us that it was difficult to witnessing the reality of mortality and nest failures of wild birds while at the same time it inspired them to appreciate the tenacity and motivation that birds require to breed successfully. We will continue to learn from both the beautiful and the challenging phenomena that these 24/7 cams show in the lives of birds. Thanks for watching with us and sharing your observations, and thank you for your many expressions of support during a challenging season.

Long-eared owl on video

This 6 July 2016 video shows a long-eared owl making a dog-like sound.

Richard de Gooijer in the Netherlands made this video.

Young little owl looks for food

This video shows a young little owl looking for food. It calls out to its siblings.

Chris Meeuwis made this video on 26 June 2016 in Barchem in the Netherlands.

Desert owls in Israel, video

This 22 June 2016 video is about desert tawny owls in Israel.

Desert tawny owl: New species of bird discovered in Israel: here.

The Dutch name of this species is Palestijnse bosuil, Palestinian tawny owl.

Young owl learns to fly

This video shows a young long-eared owl, attempting to fly for the first time.

Alex Sytsma made this video in a garden in the Netherlands.

Little owl owlets ringed

This 1 June 2016 video from the Netherlands shows little owl conservationists ringing and weighing owlets.