In the late spring Leonard and I anxiously watch an old, galvanized bucket hung in the rafters of our barn (Modoc County CA). Each year, for as long as I can remember, a pair of barn owls (Tyto alba) raises a brood of owlets in the bucket nest. Barn owls in the wild have a short life span and rarely live more than one or two breeding seasons (“Fledgling Barn Owl”). The same pair probably does not return more than once or twice, if that, yet each winter a pair finds their way into our barn and the nest bucket.
Our first baby owl of 2014 appeared. The female lays up to nine eggs at intervals of two to three days with the eggs hatching in the order and timing they were laid (“Barn Owl Nest”, “Owlets” ). Since the mother is still sitting on the nest, Leonard and I think we will be “grandparents” to more than one young owl.
I covered barn owls (“Barn Owls”) and baby owls in many previous posts, so will not repeat myself. Leonard and I are glad to have at least one owlet this year and wanted to share.