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Tuesday, 4-22-08 - North Woods Eastern Screech-Owls

I had social engagements the last two nights and missed the first two fledges which occurred on Monday.   

Tonight, I was lucky to find the two fledglings in the daylight with their parents surrounding them, and later got to see what appears to be the last nestling leave the nest cavity for what I suspect was the first time.  Owl watching doesn't get much better than this.

Enjoy your wings youngsters!

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There are three owls in this picture.  Two fledglings at the top, together and a parent below.

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The other parent in the next tree keeping watch.

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The two fledglings.

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A parent

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One of the fledglings, who did lots of bobbing and weaving.

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This is what appears to be the last nestling.

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A wink.

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The nestling is soon to be a fledgling.

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Stretching a wing.

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Climbing up the tree and out of the cavity.

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The owlet uses its wings to help climb the tree.

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Soon it is on a high branch.

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After about thirty minutes, the owlet flies for the first time and we lose track of it.

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