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 Barn Owl Cam - San Marcos, CA (MOLLY)
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By: soph9 (offline) on Sunday, March 21 2010 @ 01:23 PM EDT (Read 45930 times)  



Carlos Royal's outside of the owlbox photos of Molly and McGee:

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2010 Season:

Date Laid 32 day gestation 34 day gestation
Egg 1 2/13/10 12:15 PM 3/17/2010 3/18/2010
Egg 2 2/16/10 07:23 AM 3/20/2010 3/22/2010
Egg 3 2/18/10 09:13 AM 3/22/2010 3/24/2010
Egg 4 2/20/10 11:07 AM 3/24/2010 3/26/2010
Egg 5 2/22/10 02:00 PM 3/26/2010 3/28/2010
Egg 6 2/25/10 09:35 AM 3/29/2010 3/31/2010

This is a live feed of a wild mother barn owl that has just started setting on her eggs. The owl box is located in our backyard in San Marcos, CA and is 15 feet off the ground. She appears to be a first time mom. The owl is about 14 inches tall. She laid her first egg on February 13th. We are expecting owlets around mid to late March. Incubation is 30 to 34 days. owlets will hatch in order laid. Not all at one time like chickens.

The male has a white chest and face. He usually shows up after dark but has spent an entire day with the female. We have named the female Molly and the male McGee. The Barn Owl is widespread but usually a scarce species. They are strictly nocturnal and rarely observed in flight during daylight hours.

The owl house is located on a 15 foot pole and there is a tree just outside the opening. The box has been up for two years and it took two years before the owls showed up. No other birds have tried to nest in the box. We have a very eco-friendly backyard; we live on an acre lot with lots of trees and plants for wildlife. We have had kestrels, bluebirds, hummingbirds, phoebes, wild ducks, killdeer and mockingbirds all nest and raise their young in our habitat. We do not have any cats or dogs to disturb the wildlife. This is our first owl to nest here.

Female: 13 to 16 inches tall. Wingspan 43 inches
Male: 12 to 15 inches tall. Wingspan 42 inches


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By: Anonymous: maryann11 () on Sunday, March 21 2010 @ 05:52 PM EDT  
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The cam link above is currently offlinePuzzled I found another cam link here:


Molly shows off her newly hatched owletSmile

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By: Anonymous: maryann11 () on Monday, March 22 2010 @ 06:13 PM EDT  
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Molly stands to stretch and preen. Owlet's head pops up in between the eggs.

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By: Anonymous: maryann11 () on Wednesday, March 24 2010 @ 04:45 PM EDT  
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2nd Owlet hatched on Tuesday 3/23/10 at 6:47pm PDT

More about Molly, McGee and the owlets here

Molly Sleepy
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By: Anonymous: maryann11 () on Thursday, March 25 2010 @ 04:47 PM EDT  
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Molly with owlet love

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#3 is due to hatch todaySmile

By: Anonymous: maryann11 () on Friday, March 26 2010 @ 09:31 AM EDT  
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Owlet updates:

1st owlet “Max” hatched on Sunday March 21, 2010 at 11:45 a.m. PDT

2nd owlet “Pattison” hatched on Tuesday March 23, 2010 at 6:47 p.m. PDT

3rd owlet “Austin” hatched on Thursday March 25, at 3:11 p.m. PDT

4th owlet "Wesley" hatched on Sunday March 28, at 12:01pm PDT


By: Anonymous: maryann11 () on Monday, March 29 2010 @ 07:10 PM EDT  
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Molly sleeps standing up with her 4 new owlets.

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There is one more egg due to hatch soon....

By: Castor (offline) on Friday, April 02 2010 @ 04:26 AM EDT  

Hello Maryann;

Three chicks eating, 12:30 pm ~~


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