Indiana, USA barred owl nest webcam

This April 2016 video shows there were owlets in the Indiana, USA barred owl nest then.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

Deep in the suburban wilds of central Indiana, the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owls have returned for a fourth year on cam. Nestled beneath the down feathers of the female owl are three white eggs, with hatching likely to happen around the end of the first week of April. For the last three years, the owls have had great success raising their young, fledging a total of eight owlets from eight eggs. Watch cam.

What to watch for: During the day you can listen to the sounds of spring arrive to the forests as the female incubates her eggs. At night, watch as the male owl delivers a steady stream of interesting prey items (like this crayfish) to the nest box and listen for the owls’ classic “whoo-cooks-for-you?” hooting duets. After hatching, it takes only 4 to 5 weeks for the owlets to transform from close-eyed, downy fluffballs to fierce, sometimes clumsy youngsters before setting out to explore the world.

Share what you see and hear with us on the cam‘s Twitter feed, @WBU_Owls, and join us in learning more about these secretive and adaptable predators.

Barn owl couple video

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Mr and Mrs Barn Owl 09-03-17 between 18.40 and 20.55. A lot of hugging and screaming 😉 Mrs, I want a vole! Do you love me or not!

Ural owl video

This is an Ural owl video from Sweden.

Great grey owl videos from Sweden

This is a great grey owl video from Västmanland province in Sweden.

This is another great grey owl video from Västmanland province in Sweden.

This is another great grey owl video from Västmanland province in Sweden.

British barn owls still in trouble

This video from England says about itself:

20 March 2015

Barn Owls, Tyto alba. In slow motion.

Near Hundred End Lancashire, March 2015.

With a Panasonic Lumix GH4

From BirdLife:

22 Feb 2017

British Barn Owls still struggling to adapt to modern life

The most recent nest site survey indicates that the factors that wiped out 70% of Barn Owls in the 20th century still impact the beloved species today

By Alex Dale

One of the most widespread birds of prey in the world, the Common Barn Owl Tyto alba has proven so successful at adapting to life alongside humans that even its very name reflects the symbiotic relationship that has been shared by farmers and this charismatic bird over the course of thousands of years.

Common Barn Owls prefer to roost and nest in sheltered areas that protect them from the elements, and when settlers first began building on Britain’s countryside, crafty barn owls quickly swooped on the opportunity, swapping rock crevices and holes in trees for comfy crevices in the attics of barns and churches. In return, Barn Owls would repay their unwitting landlords by preying on the mice and voles that ventured onto their land.

However by the mid-20th Century, changes to the dynamic of this human-bird relationship rapidly sent British Barn Owl numbers into a tailspin. According to the Barn Owl Trust – a UK-based charity who works to protect the species – Barn Owls in the country declined by as much as 70% between 1932 and 1985.

The Barn Owl declined by 70% during the 20th Century, as intensive farming practices took their toll on the much-loved countryside bird

These declines are largely the result of improvements in the way farmers cultivate their land. The rise of the combine harvester, which is extremely efficient at harvesting grain, and the development of sealed grain silos, means grain is no longer stored in enclosures on farmland, meaning less food for rodents during the long, cold winters, and subsequently less prey for owls.

Today’s farmers are also able to cultivate land that was previously beyond their tools’ means, allowing them to plough right to the edges, resulting in the loss of the Barn Owl’s favoured hunting habitat: rough grassland verges.

The 20th Century has also brought with it other dangers that have taken their toll: road fatalities, potent rat poisons and the loss of nesting spots as traditional barns are pulled down and replaced with less inviting buildings.

There is evidence that numbers of barn owls in the UK have stabilised since the mid-1990s, but clearly these factors are still impacting the species today. While numbers of the UK population of this reclusive, nocturnal species are poorly understood, we can determine the health of the country’s Barn Owl population through the Barn Owl Trust’s annual nest site survey, in which 32 independent local groups from across the country – from Cornwall to Norfolk to Northern Island – pool together to visit nest sites and record the brood size of successful breeding pairs.

The results tell the story of another poor year overall for the Barn Owl – the number of nesting pairs in 2016 was down 6% on the all-year average, and the number of young in the nest was down 7%. While disappointing, the numbers are at least an improvement on 2013 and 2015, two exceptionally poor years where cold weather saw nesting occupancies down 70% and 25% against the all-year average.

Low productivity is clearly becoming a trend, which the Barn Owl Trust attributes to a lack of available prey, and an overall low population density exacerbated by a lack of juvenile barn owls to replace the adults.

The report, which can be read here, recommends several measures to help sustain Barn Owl numbers, including habitat improvement, the installation of low-flight prevention screens around trunk roads to avoid collisions, and replacing existing nest boxes to reduce chick mortality by ensuring the replacements are no less than 460mm deep.

Snowy owls and food

This is a 2016 snowy owl video.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Snowy Owls Aren’t Starving—How Two Canadian Farmers Helped Bust a Birding Myth

Every winter it’s a mystery how many Snowy Owls will come south to thrill bird watchers. But chances are when they do, you may hear someone say these magnificent birds are starving, having fled low food supplies up north. But happily, new research using data collected by two extremely hardy Saskatchewan farmers suggests otherwise. Find out what’s really happening with Snowy Owls.

Great horned owl at Georgia, USA nest

This video from Georgia in the USA says about itself:

5 February 2017

A Great Horned Owl returned this weekend to check on the empty nest in Savannah, GA. While it is still possible that the owls could nest here (if they haven’t chosen a location already), it would be an unusually late start date compared to previous years. The Great Horned Owl pair began laying eggs on January 1 in 2015 and January 23 in 2016.

Clip edited for length.

This camera livestream is a partnership between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Skidaway Audubon.

You can watch this cam here.