So some of you might be wondering what’s been taking up all my time. Well, we’re just busy and we had “spring break” with my parents, which we greatly enjoyed. I’ve typed up 2 new blog posts since I’ve been home, but as usual, didn’t post them. As of late, I’ve been watching a barn owl named Molly on live feed. You can find her (her mate and owlets too) at….
Now let me tell you a little bit about Molly. She’s a barn owl that has taken up residence at the home of Carlos and Donna Royal in San Marcos, CA. Her mate is McGee. The owl box has been up for 2 years and this is the first owl that’s made it home. Molly has laid 6 eggs. One was unfertalized and she ate (great mother action in nature). Four of them have hatched so far and they are Max, Pattison, Austin, and Wesley. The #5 egg is expected to hatch today or tomorrow. Only Molly and the owlets live in the owl box. McGee arrives every night after 8pm PST with food. Molly usually announces his arrival with lots of noise!! Before the first delivery, there is usually bonding. He will return 3 or more times during the night with food for Molly and the owlets. He provides mice, rats, voles/moles, and rabbits. Very healthy and tasty meals at that!! Molly shreds the animals and feeds directly to the owlets. She doesn’t regurgitate as some owls do. The eggs hatch approximately 3 days apart in the order that they were laid. Molly does leave the box to relieve herself, usually at night, but I have seen her leave twice during the day.
Most barn owls can live 11-20 years in the wild. It’s constantly stated in the social stream, that she’ll only live 2 years. There’s no way that this is fact or known for sure, but it is possible. Let’s just all pray that she can “out live” that 2 year statistic. It all depends on where she makes her final home and what other predators there are. Also, when McGee arrives, there’s no “hootie” or mating going on. It’s strictly bonding and is very typical behavior. It doesn’t hurt her or the owlets in any way. There are also many other “facts” spewn through the stream, most of which are just people wishing that they knew a whole lot on the subject of barn owls….and Molly and McGee specificaly. My family chose to read 4-6 different web sites to find out for sure. Many of them stated similar facts, so we’re pretty sure in the things that we’ve learned about barn owls. I recommend that you do the same…..it’s a great study topic!!
Today at 1pm EST (30 March), Carlos is going to have a live question and answer session for homeschool children. I think it’ll prove to be interesting and informative. I know we’ll be there!! On top of that, we’ll get to watch the action as Molly prepares for #5 to hatch.
This has truly been one of my best experience watching God’s creation in nature at work. I believe Molly is a great mom. Typicaly, the youngest won’t survive, but Molly makes sure that all the owlets get the proper amount of food. She rotates the egg so it doesn’t “stick” to the sides and moves the owlets around. It’s amazing and I encourage everyone to watch. In approximately a month, the owlets will be ready to start to learn and leave the owl box. Still so much to learn and experience for us all!!
P.S. Find more info about Molly, McGee, owlets, and barn owls at the bottom of the live feed page on the right side at the bottom of the page in the blue box where it says “About the Owl Box….”.