Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Owlets on the Ledge
When I reached the top of the loft ladder tonight (May 2nd), I saw the backs of baby Barn Owls on the ledge and heard them begging. I was afraid to go up for fear of scaring them into jumping off the ledge onto the lower roof.
But the goats needed their hay. So I went up.
I need not have feared. The little brats had no intention of going anywhere... not even back into their box.
Well, one did disappear but apparently behind the others.
I went ahead and threw down hay for the goats. When I started downstairs, I turned to look at the ledge as the babies had stopped begging while I was up there. I guess they were trying to look nonchalant here, or maybe they thought I couldn't see them if they only looked at me with one eye.
I just hope they don't attract any hungry Barred or Great Horned Owls while they are begging at the ledge. I would hate for them to become dinner for a more aggressive species.
We have never had baby owls come out of the box so early before. I hope that doesn't mean they are not getting enough to eat.