The owl files – Chapter 3: Milestones

12 August 2022


After the female left the nest yesterday afternoon, I popped up the ladder to check on the chicks. As my head appeared above the wall, the front chick clicked its bill at me – the first time a chick has reacted. Also, when checking the photograph, I could see the start of the flight feathers on the wing of the front chick – visible as two rows of slate-blue, waxy sheaths. The chicks are now around 17 days old and are developing as expected. Good news!

Two 17 day old owl chicks
Two 17 day old owl chicks

By Geoff Lockwood