Gallery Yummy leftovers! Ferns add so much to our decor We were not ready to be branchers Catching some rays Passing inspection Sleepy time We love to snuggle Oops. This is not where I went In the garden again A bit wary Breakfast First Owlet down being returned to nest Sibling owlet being deposited above Standing up in original nest Twinkle toes fell to ground while being fed by Mom this morning 7 am We like our new home. February 27, 2014 Fashionable headgear in case Mom attacks We are too sure about this brancher business I have a rat tail caught in my beak Breakfast Yummy “They are NOT pets!” Do not even think about taking my rats! First view of Mom on nest with owlet Uh oh that wing is going to knock me out of the tree! Checking on kids from the pines What next? Snuggled in our new home Prey of the day and corresponding owlet pellets MiniMe looks dreadful Waiting for the tide to go out My wing feathers are developing, I looking more like Mom everyday What took you so long? Warmest, best spot It’s cold today! compacting Mom watching from the tall pines Not me either! Hiding in the Cedar Tree Zeroing in on the kids Sleepy after all the commotion Photo Op! I can explain… Am I getting tan yet? I am in big trouble here Recovering from near fatal swim Early morning sunshine after our breakfast Recovering on the ground after near fatal sswim Getting closer Sibling owlet being deposited above Parent on ‘the perch’. A Hard to spot adult parent on the near watch Fashionable headgear in case Mom attacks Vanessa Kauffmann photographing the owlets I swear I do not know where MiniMe is Journey to The ISLAND Hi Mom! This is NOT what I expected on my inaugural fledge! Not my best morning Mom arrives with dinner, a cedar waxwing Snuggling and so happy the Tinkle Toes did not go exploring again. And then getting stuck! We are too sure about this brancher business I am really high up here! And I stay here almost all night Foster parent, Dale , tries one more time to put me in a tree… What took you so long to come find me? Nancy texts me The tide is out but no one is giving me any advice or directions. There does not appear to be any ferry service…. Standing up in original nest White Ibis Gathering Afternoon nap on the 2nd floor Marsh trek rest Am I getting tan yet? Debbie demonstrates how to hold the owlet for examination Tide coming in fast Once in the box, it lets go of my red glove OMG I am feeling much better now Are we done yet? It didn’t last long………. Thanks, I’ve got this now… Dad keeping warm on back porch during owlet watch. Parent watching over the journey Waking Up I am hungry!!! On the hunt early Wednesday morning What happened Sunday night? I am all wet and SALTY! Catching some rays Oops caught Early morning breakfast delivery And this tree comes with breakfast! Trying to escape foster parent Using wings to get through tall spartina grass I am trying! Really trying…. Trying out the second floor “They are NOT pets!” And there is more…. Chiin’ in the new ‘hood I do!!! I don’t know why I am in the marsh again Back in the nest tree Ferns add so much to our decor Getting ready to go back in a tree Exploring the big blue pot It was a very long night STILL waiting, watching for Mom (and/or Dad). Do not even think about cuddling up to me after you ate the WHOLE thing! All dry I am fine. Tide is coming in, can’t get back to high ground I feel a nap coming on Yummy leftovers! MiniMe hanging out in the Cedar Tree Wednesday afternoon Catching some rays Tide is coming in fast In the garden again No, but you are bigger than me.. Bamboo pole Is MiniMe looking a bit forlorn to you? Getting harassed by other birds just trying to look after my kids. I swear Is that what I thing it is? It was not a good night… Debbie retrieves MiniMe Supervising the photo shoot Life is good! Do not even think about taking my rats! Uh oh, I must have fallen asleep and missed the tide First morning on the island Don’t eat!!! uh oh. Why the parent owl on watch is hard to spot First view of Mom on nest with owlet Peek! NO. I will be fine. Don’t worry… Asking for divine intervention? Cedar Tree on easement MM in lichen tree and sees a familiar face Back-in-the-box! This not what HF told me about the marsh and the tide and… Hide and Seek Finally, someone that knows what they are doing And more… Mom feeds Big Sib first I am trying to let go, but… This is really, really not looking good… It was a really long, interesting journey. I can totally relate to the Geico Gecko… MiniMe looks dreadful. And hurt. In the early morning… Two owlets restored to River Birch tree branches. Uh oh…this can’t be good Where is MY rat? I am still waiting….. Basking in the sun photo op Looking for our parents I am a wood owl, NOT a shore bird…Pluff Mud? Are you serious? Hanging out on the 2nd floor The WHOLE rat???? Marsh view from the rear Me? I wasn’t doing anything….. Finally! On the The ISLAND! Rats! Meanwhile Big Sib is still comfortably in the Live Oak tree near our garden MiniMe hears its Mother’s call Clumsy. Clumsy. Clumsy. Good morning peek-a-boo Looking rather lion like Getting back to dry land Where is the ground? And more… Three owlet pellets I STILL do not want to come home… ?????????????????????? Dad with one owlet My parent is watching over me… I COULD cilmb back up, but…. Sunday afternoon snooze I don’t know if I can make it…again… Posing politely for photos Drying out and feeling better Makes the crossing to The ISLAND Hanging on too long??? Ladder goes back up to the nest tree hanging out in cedar tree So much to explain… MiniMe is squawking in the marsh Guess Hoo? Hangin in the rain in our first nest This may take a while… I can not get loose Can’t wait to get my big boy/girl feathers Crossing the mercy I cannot keep as a pet ;-( Waiting for the tide to go out? Looks like my foster parent Same photo, zoomed in My big sib is just sitting there watching, right above me! We were not ready to be branchers Beginning to dry out We are getting hungry MiniMe is heading back to the marsh! Seriously, do NOT tell me what to do! 2nd Floor outlook, when is dinner? Marsh Owl All I get is the blank stare What do owlets eat? Exploring the second floor, using wings to balance. From a distance it is hard to tell Mm from stumps Where is MiniMe? Rainy day on the marsh My Big Sibling is on The ISLAND! i can barely hang on. I really want to be a marsh owl. All dry from the front The sun feels so good! Expelling a pellet Maybe I should reconsider the cedar tree… I am going to need a bigger ladder Precarious ladder position into thin air No. I do not want to go back in the tree My what big feet I have! Even my petticoat is getting fluffy again I know I got UP here…… Expelling pellet. Now what do I do with this thing? Twinkle toes fell to ground while being fed by Mom this morning 7 am Too bad my foster parent cannot fly as well as she can paddle Really??? A bit wary Does the phrase “sitting duck” apply here? I have something caught in my gizzard Uh oh. There’s a moat… Discovering my new home I’m coming MM After exam White Ibis Preening Feeing safer Happy Feet Dad is watching over us Sun setting, getting close to feeding time An Owlet on not good behavior: MiniMe on favorite place – the ground Ok Back in the tree, sort of. Dad and Steve at Flight demonstration Center for Birds of Prey Back in the tree? After that long journey? Crap. Déjà vu all over again.. … Swan dive Oops. This is not where I went Snuggled into the nook to keep warm. We even have a leftover mouse! I am determined to be a marsh owlet MiniMe is hard to find Expelling Owl Pellet I have changed my mind about going to The ISLAND What took those humans so long to get me back up here? I have a rat tail caught in my beak I am very, very weary… Don’t think I can make it I cover box with blanket to hopefully settle it down View from back garden to tall pines Mm begins another journey, this time across land instead of the marsh Recovering on the ground after near fatal drowning I am so depressed I am going to stay in bed and eat worms I complied Breakfast Yummy Code Red Owlet Down February 22 And this tree comes with breakfast! Debbie Mauney retrieves the owlet from the box so she can examine it for injuries One owlet is thriving Next time could we please get a roof? I seriously thought we done with the ladder work First Owlet down being returned to nest Hide and Seek in the trees… Big Foot is right overhead above me I had a very rough morning… Sleepy time i should probably just get in without a fuss I hope Mom and Dad know I am up here…. Falle owlet placed on branch above Klingon Someone PLEASE call 911 We like our new home. February 27, 2014 Exploring the garden Early morning hunting Pardon my rear Trying to make dinner when all I want to do is observe the owlets and their dinner Back together again. Well close enough. One owlet or two? Carrying ‘bucket’ owlet up past other owlet We love to snuggle So embarrassing. Kind of like that squirrel thing. My tide clock was off a bit too… Very wary when feeding the kids This is not where I went Could she at least wait until we’re done with hair and makeup? Being inspected for injury An owlet on good behavior: Big Sib in tree Similar to what we find beneath the nest area. (Photo from owloasis) Hmmmmmm…….. One parent always on watch Passing inspection Moving back to nook In the marsh, natural GPS? Tuesday morning so, so pitiful OMG We really do not want to talk to you right now Ditto This is why it took me so long. Finding an owlet in the marsh is not as easy as it seems I am caught…. it is a very, very long story Parent can’t even watch this time! Tall pines on high marsh island. Parent Hangout Breakfast Ready for our close up! Yay! For MiniMe! Almost done Settling into our new digs I am compacting, not singing Parent in tall pine can’t even watch! Great Horned Owlets I am on a mission to find my parents or breakfast… The Box Free fallin’ Morning showers all wet close up Made it across! Trying to nap up here before I figure out how I am going to get down for dinner. Our back garden Live Oaks It was another long,…really… long…night Control the talons first, then the beak. Wear gloves. I look like I am singing, but I am not.