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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Our Baby Barn Owls

I am so lucky! I have a nest of five baby barn owls up in the roof at The Antique Gardener! These darling little owls have been here for over a month and are getting big enough and brave enough that they come out to say hello. They are extremely messy but well worth it!
As you can see, they are getting big but still have some of their fuzzy little white feathers on the top of their heads. I have also learned that owls do not lay all of their eggs at one time. They will often lay a few and then lay more several days later. There are a total of five babies, two of them are older and the other three seem to be younger as they have a lot more of the downy white feathers. Since I have to clean up a great deal of pellets and poop each and every morning I find myself talking to my little owls every day. I found out that one of the two older owls will tilt his head when I tilt mine. He seems to be very curious and will come out to see me whenever I whistle.

Here is a closer view of one of the older owls and one of the younger. It is amazing how they grow and change.

I'll keep you posted on our little owl family. Hope you enjoyed the photos!


  1. OMG! They are adorable! I can't believe you have them in your barn! (But I guess that is where you'd find a "Barn Owl") Not too many of those where I live... Thanks for sharing this!

  2. What beautiful images! And what a treat to have them hatch and grow up in your barn - looks like they're about ready for a first flight!

  3. soooooo precious!! makes me want to whistle hello, too! thank you for making my day! happiness!

  4. This might be the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Seeing that one with his head tilted is a hoot....sorry for the pun:)


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  6. What a bunch of cuties!!! BTW, I bought some organic lavender dryer sachets from you shop a week ago and the smell is just divine!!! Have a lovely week! Xoxoxo

  7. Oh my! What fun! I would not get any work done with these around. I'm afraid I would be talking to them all of the time! And how smart! So cute how he tilts his head when you do. So cute!


  8. They are so adorable. I love the little one who is mimicking your actions, very clever. A wise 'young' owl.
    If it were me I'd be in the barn all the time to see what they are up to.

  9. How wonderful! every year we have a family of owls born in our big tree right outside the bedroom window. I enjoy it so much... at least until I become all worried as they slowly start coming out of the nest. I watch over them daily. What a wonderful gift to get to watch and it sounds like you are communicating with them, so cool!

  10. We have an owl box with a camera mounted inside. It is the best show on! Love the photos. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Love them. What a great find right there!

  12. I was visiting your lovely shop recently and I wish I had known but then you wouldn't want just anyone looking at those babies and freaking them out! How cute! Lucky you to be able to watch them develop. Perhaps they're messengers to be from Hogwarts???