In early June momma Screech brought two little fluffy Owlets around to show. They were barely flying – more like bombing around … and they were very needy with their calls for food! Here is mom below, with one of her fledgling chicks. I have a long relationship with the screech owls around our neighborhood and every year we get to see them as they perch and hunt in and around our half acre for insects here in Lehigh.
The tree below is over our Labyrinth and I was sitting under it when she brought them by. Yes, I try to always have a camera on hand in the Backyard Universe just in case!
Above and below a fluffly barely fledgling Screech closer up, sitting in the tree above with mom. Mom had left them up in the tree overhead while she went off to hunt in daylight. The only issue is, during daylight hours they can be attacked by other birds that find them and this was an open area. I helped mom out and kept the mocking birds and jays away while the little ones sat up in the tree calling for mom to bring them yummy beetles from nearby backyards. They were not that far from their nest in a clump of Sabal Palms behind our lot. (We let our native yard grow tall and wild in the back for cover and hunting areas for the little ones.)
In the below images they are much older but still sporting some pin feathers. The don’t need mom to watch after or protect them from attacking birds. They know to hide in the shadows during daylight hours until nightfall.
Hiding in among the Bombax tree leaves… a wide eyed fledgling Screech. 300mm Nikon lens