the tree

the tree

First Owlet Branches at the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam, 25 May 2015

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As the owlets neared branching, they began exploring more of the outside of the box. In this clip, the youngest owlet (Hoot) attempts to climb up to the top of the box, slips off the lip, and eventually falls off the perch. Observers on the ground report that Hoot landed on a branch about half way down the tree in a sheltered spot. The branching process in owls is often punctuated with early accidental "flights", and the adults will continue to feed and care for the owlet regardless of where it is. Hoot may be able to climb or fly back up to the nestbox—keep watching and find out! This camera is a partnership between Wild Birds Unlimited and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Watch live at AllAboutBirds.org/BarredOwls