HooCam S7 E7 Banding

These owlets got their bracelets this week! Big thank you to this bunch – Karla Bloem (International Owl Center, Houston, MN), Dick Clegg (who previously banded owls in our barrel), Martin Gerard (SK bander extraordinaire), Al (Birdman) Smith and their local assistant, Tanner Stevens. They did a great job and the owls hardly seemed phased by the commotion. Click to learn more about banding. Continue reading HooCam S7 E7 Banding

HooCam S7E1 Eggs in a Row

We noticed this week as the snow was melting that Papa Hoo brought about six meals per night to Mama Hoo. She stayed on the nest most of the time welcoming his meals while keeping the eggs warm in this unseasonably long winter. Then, last night, she didn’t eat it. We think she has begun a stockpile for the owlets when they hatch. The food will tenderize in the nest until the young find them. At the end of the video, as Mama Hoo leaves the nest, she inadvertently pierces one egg in her haste to fly away. Continue reading HooCam S7E1 Eggs in a Row