[Ontbirds]Britannia Owlets - Correction

Ott User willott123 at sympatico.ca
Mon May 2 16:49:08 EDT 2005

>From my understanding, the surviving owlet had not been seen for a few days 
leading to some speculation about its whereabouts.  However, it was found 
again yesterday, Sunday, May 1st, 2005.  A birder/photographer was kind 
enough to show me where it was perched.  It was located along one of the 
trails running along the fence and houses on the side where Britannia road 
is.  It was perched in a tree right by the road.  It was perched in that 
location for the whole afternoon and was still there when I left late in the 
day (6-7pm).  Quite a few birders/photographers were there watching it as 
the owlet was not too high up in the tree and the sunlight lit up the owlet 
nicely from the front offering a really good view.  The mother owl (from 
what some were saying) was located in a tall tree within eyesight of where 
the owlet was perched.

The weather was not so great today (Monday, May 2nd) but the owlet was found 
once again along the same trail that runs along the fence/houses area on the 
side where Britannia road is.  This time the owlet was located further in 
and perched much higher up than on Sunday but could still be seen easily 
once spotted.

Unfortunately, the other owlet....the one that had died...is still slumped 
in the same tree where the nest is (actually only a few feet from the nest) 
located.  From people I have talked to, it was slumped on that same branch 
since last Monday or Tuesday.  Someone had taken a photo of it (last 
Tuesday?) with its eyes still open, slumped in the relatively same position 
you would see it today.  I suppose nature will eventually take its 
course....as it does with all things expired.  But the good news is the 
other owlet seems to be doing good.  During the time I was watching it, the 
owlet dropped whitewash about 3 times so I'm assuming it's eating well.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pratt, John" <jopratt at NRCan.gc.ca>
To: <ontbirds at hwcn.org>
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 3:31 PM
Subject: [Ontbirds]Britannia Owlets - Correction

>I have heard from three birders who saw one of the two Britannia owlets
> fledged and flying this past weekend. However, all agree that the other
> owlet is dead. Sorry for any confusion.
> John Pratt
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