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Monday, April 23rd

Today was the first day, all three owls spent the evening outside, roosting on a tall Willow.  The Fledgling was in the center, protected on each side by a parent.  There were lots of owl watchers this evening, Chris, Marie, Jim, Noreen, Jean and myself along with some park visitors.

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There first night outdoors was it the leaf cover of the Willow.  Was it the warm weather or both?  We'll know in a few days once the nights get chilly again.

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A sleepy Fledgling.

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The wind bounced the tree branch up and down, and the kid would be woken up.

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Fledgling.

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Fledgling.

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Fledgling.

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They flew off to nearby trees and branches as it got dark.  They stretched and the Fledgling did some brief flying between parents.

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Fledgling.

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Trident, who think is the adult female.

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Fledgling.  After about 10 minutes, they few in opposite directions.  We think the male east and the Fledgling and female to the west.  Both went too fast for us to keep up with them.  We searched around the Willow and by the "moth tree" on the the 102nd Street bypass road, but had no luck seeing or hearing them.

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