The owlets are really branching out now. Only one owlet was in the nook of the Live Oak tree at dawn yesterday. Where was the other one? I looked. I listened. It took me a while. I finally followed the sound in the early morning light. I had to look up really high! I guess this would be the penthouse.
I was amazed at how far the owlet had ventured. And I was a bit worried about how it was going to get back down for afternoon naps and especially dinner. Look closely at the very top of the photo below.
Wow. I thought they would explore in smaller increments of space. Does anyone have a trampoline?
Twinkle Toes stayed up in that spot all day yesterday. It seemed pretty pleased with it self. And even took a nap.
Meanwhile MiniMe was NOT happy back in the nook without its big sib. Really. Seriously. Up until this point they have never been apart more than a few feet. Well, except for all that drama falling from the nest a few times but we’ve already covered that ground. This is how MiniMe spent the entire day yesterday:
MiniMe perked up at dinner time though, behaving as if “Hey, there might be an advantage to this”. And Twinkle Toes started to look worried about how to get down. TT made several attempts to descend back to the nook and particularly to the dinner table.
Scott and I watched as Mom and Dad hunted in the marsh, calling to the kids. They were squawking and squawking. Twinkle Toes tried a few more times to get down, each time getting a little further down the trunk of the tree but then getting stuck and back up it went.
MiniMe got fed. TT squawked. Eventually a parent delivered something to eat to the penthouse. It was too dark to see what was served but we could see that the owlet was eating. Then it was time for me to go to bed. Then I got up at 2 AM: still high up in the tree. I was afraid it would fall and get attacked by a raccoon or feral cat. At 4 AM, it was back in the nook! Yeah! And the two owlets stayed in the nook all day today only venturing to the second floor. Whew!