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The Barn Owlcam Story

Barn owl chicks in nest

Update Mid-December 2013
The female barn owl has been using the nest box since early December and spending more time in the nest each week. Over the next few weeks you may observe the male barn owl in the box and witness courting, grooming and mating with the pair. The female may lay between 2-11 eggs and incubate them for 29-34 days. Incubation of the eggs generally starts as soon as the first egg is laid, so the young hatch 2-3 days apart.

In the first few weeks after the young hatch, the female stays on the nest to brood and care for the helpless hatchlings while the male brings food to the female and young owlets.


The Barn OwlCam came into existence when the WildWatch staff received a request from a WDFW habitat biologist and hatchery manager to conduct a site and feasibility inspection for a barn owlcam. WDFW staff had recently completed construction of a barn owl nest box with modifications to an attic vent for a small entry area into the nest box. Recent demolition of a nearby barn that had long-standing documented use of barn owls, led the biologist to pursue getting some nest boxes constucted in an attempt to attract nesting owls. Within a few months, one of the nest boxes was occupied by a pair of barn owls.

When we set up cameras to capture actual real-time images, we get whatever it is that nature hands out. It is a risk we take. Many times, it is a positive experience for everyone, as we watch young animals grow and mature. At other times, it is not so pleasant. But if we want to show our majestic wildlife to the world, it is important that we understand they also face risks from many directions.

When we established the WildWatchCam program, we anticipated that at some time the view might be unpleasant for some. We consulted with many biologists, and their advice was “once the birds start nesting, the risks to the chicks are far greater if a human intervenes than if we don’t.” So that is our operating philosophy. Once the birds begin the nesting process, we are done until all young have fledged and the adults move on. We don’t adjust cameras that get knocked out of alignment; we don’t clean cameras that get splattered by rain or feces; and we don’t interfere with what nature dishes out. But we do get to learn about the life and death struggles that occur out of our windows.

We invite you to enjoy our other WildWatchCam scenes. Or, grab your binoculars and step out into our great outdoors and see what discoveries await you.

Please send out the WildWatchCam link to all of your friends and relatives - http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/

We appreciate your support expressed by your frequent cam viewing. You may also help by sending a tax-deductible donation to:

c/o WDFW
600 N. Capitol Way
Olympia WA 98501-1091

Related Links
Barn Owls
The Birdhouse Network - Nest Box Cams
Wildlife Search - Owl Information
The Owl Pages - Links to Owl Cam Pages
Owl Facts - Conservation Commission of the State Missouri
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) - Breeding www.owls.org
Barn Owl Headquarters
Birds of Prey Assist Farmers University of California
The Ecological Role of Siblicide
Some bird species commit siblicide
Seabirds Give New Meaning to Sibling Rivalry
Hatching Asynchrony and Brood Reduction
Within Nests, Egret Chicks Are Natural Born Killers
Burrowing Owls
Peek into burrowing birds' lives with OwlCam - Tri-City Herald
Burrowing Owl (Speotyto cunicularia) Links
Hands On The Land Program
Hanford Reach National Monument
Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology (CREHST)
To explore places to find birds in Washington - Great Washington Birding Trail