Ragdoll Cats and the Barred Owlet
Originally published April 22, 2011
I wanted to republish this because I miss having our owls – they stopped nesting in our trees last year – and unfortunately, didn’t return this year either. It was fun while it lasted!
I thought today would be a good day to feature this post as a way to celebrate Earth Day!
I get these Barred Owlets in my window wells every year. It is a total treat and then some. Their parents lay eggs in late February or Early March and they hatch about 4 weeks later. Both parents take care of the nest and Barred owls actually mate for life (about 18 years) – they are territorial and non-migratory so they end up nesting in the same tree if it has proved suitable before – LUCKY ME!
These owlets end up in my window wells when they are learning to fly – which is about 4-5 weeks after they hatch. Once they have learned to fly, though, I don’t see them around anymore.
The Warner Nature Center has an awesome Q & A about Barred Owls, if you’re interested in checking it out.
Here’s a video I took of the cats checking out the owlet. Please know that the lights were off in my basement, so the owlet couldn’t see us (I know this might not make sense, especially since owls see well in the dark – but not when it is light outside). He was not frightened by the cats. After 4 years of this – I know what a frightened owlet looks like – mouth open, wings spreadout (to look bigger) – this little guy was learning a lesson of flying out of a hole.
If you want to see more photos – here is a link to my personal Facebook page where the album is located.