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Friday, June 24, 2011

And then there were 3 again

Tonight we saw all 3 owlets swooping around trying to find small prey in front of our house and the Miller vacant lot. The owlets were likely born a few days apart which is perhaps why one can already hoot and the others are still crying. The owlet that was hit was likely from the next territory over.

One of the babies taking off

And then there were two

It is with great sadness that I share with you that one of the triplets was hit by a car last night at Queens and Bromley and was killed.  It is the plight of urban owls. When they go after prey, they have tunnel vision and see nothing but their target. I wrapped the owl up and buried it. When you see them close up, they are such magnificent creatures. I know it's just an owl but it doesn't lessen the sadness of loss.  The remaining owls are still at Edgehill Park. The last two nights they have started out there and then around 11 p.m. end up at our house in search of food. One still cries like a baby owlet but the other one can now hoot a little. Drive slow.  On Monday, the Charlotte Observer will do a story on Dr. Rob which will in part, feature Ned and Nellie so watch for that.
The greatness of a Nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, June 20, 2011

Triplets still in Edgehill Park

If you stroll to Edgehill Park around 9 p.m. and listen for cries, you are likely to see Ned and Nellie's family.  Several people have reported this since Thursday.  We saw them last night and watched Nellie grab something from the ground and go to her babies to feed them. This happened twice.  Hopefully, they will still be around for the next week so talk a walk and listen.
Hermione from last year who is a little larger than what the triplets are now.

Hermione and Nellie

Nellie outside box. This photo is unedited. Notice how the reflection of the sun makes her wings appear Carolina blue.

Nellie captured last year to read her band to see who she was.


Rob and Josh putting transmitter on Ned.
Hermione and sibling learning to hunt. The triplets are about this size now.