Ned and Nellie are a pair of barred owls that have lived in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. since 2009. I chronicle their escapades to raise awareness of these beautiful raptors.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I saw baby owls!!!!
I think from now on, I will just say what I observe and not speculate. As Atticus Finch says, "Delete the adjectives and you'll have the truth."
This afternoon, I heard crows over in Edgehill Park and was tired of weeding and love distraction, so I strolled over to check it out knowing that an owl was nearby. I saw both mom and a baby who had just escaped the crows. Mom was preening herself and also her baby. Adorable. I then heard a ruckus above my head and glanced up to see another baby owl with a snake in its mouth flying away from two pestering crows.
Look for them around Edgehill for the next month or so as they learn to be proficient in flying and hunting. Listen for crows or for the babies crying for food.
A few nights ago, we heard another owl territorial hootfest with at least 3 or 4 different owls. I've had neighbors tell me about seeing owls on Hermitage Court and Dartmouth Place. There would appear to be at least two pair hanging around this area. Not sure if the owl with the babies is Nellie but it would seem so. Maybe she nested near the Duke Mansion this time. So much for not speculating...
I do have more photos which I will post later after I pay a little more attention to real life.