So much excitement with this owl family. This little fellow, all covered in down but equipped with feathers on his wings, decided to make a practice flight. (Once they fly out, they don’t get back into the nest.) I was working in an area just north of the nesting tree .. Cleaning dead limbs and brush and dry leaves … I suddenly heard some leaves rustling and looked down. There he was all fluffed out and snapping his beak at me in his protective mode. He had backed himself against a fence and was very scared. Everything I have read tells me his mother will continue to feed him for at least a few weeks.
I put on my leather gloves .. Placing my hands over his wings and avoiding his already large and sharp talons … I carried the little fellow to a wood pile so he would have protection and able to avoid the fence again. It didn’t take him long for him to take off at a fast waddle and head to the pasture. Hopefully Mother Owl will do her part.
Later in the day, worried about the one owlet left in the nest by himself, I kept a close eye on the nesting tree. Much to my JOY – with the bigger owlet out of the way, I was able to see not just one, but, TWO smaller owlets in the nest. This was a nice surprise … and it also told me the rescue efforts back in February to return the new hatchling to the nest WAS a Success! Mother owl has her work cut out for her.