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The ghostly, pale shape of the Barn Owl, most often seen as it hunts silently over fields at dusk, has excited much fear and suspicion among country-dwellers in the past, especially when the bird has uttered its typical rasping shriek– a sound to make the blood run cold in the semi-darkness. But in truth this bird poses no threat to humankind. Instead it is a ruthless and efficient hunter of small mammals, such as rats, mice, and shrews, often doing a farmer a considerable service by nesting in an outbuilding or barn and keeping mammal numbers down.

Interesting Fact:

Barn Owls have the keenest sense of hearing of any bird in the world.

Latest Posts:

  • The Dorset Barn Owl Eggs Are Hatching! – United Kingdom
    The Dorset barn owls have 4 eggs and one just hatched. The eggs were laid about 48 hours apart so we should see another hatch either tomorrow or the next day. live cam:
  • Egg Timeline – Barn Owl Nest Cam – Dorset UK
    4 eggs at this nest with hatch watch beginning around 4/29/24 which is about day 29 of incubation. Barn Owls incubate their eggs for 29-24 days before hatching. Here is the timeline:1st egg laid 3-24-242nd egg laid 3-26-243rd egg laid 3-29-244th egg laid 3-31 or 4/1 live cam:
  • 8 Eggs Hatch So Far – 831 Barn Owl Cam
    8 of the 9 eggs have hatched. If the 9th egg is going to hatch most likely it will be today or tomorrow. Dad has been doing good at providing food and as of right now all of the owlets are thriving. So far so good! 🥰 1st egg 2/26/24 – Hatched 3/29/242nd egg 2/28/24…
  • Dorset Barn Owls Now At 3 Eggs
    The Dorset Barn Owls are up to 3 eggs now. Here is the timeline:1st egg laid 3-24-242nd egg laid 3-26-243rd egg laid 3-29-24 live cam:
  • 1st of 9 Eggs Hatches – 831 Barn Owl Nest Cam
    The first egg hatched yesterday morning. If everything lines up we should be seeing the 2nd egg hatch tomorrow(3-31-24)
  • Hatch Watch Begins – 831 Barn Owl Cam
    It has been about 29 days since the first egg was laid. Barn Owl eggs usually hatch after 29-34 days of incubation on average. This nest has 9 EGGS. So we are at the very beginning of a hatching adventure! live cam:
  • 1st Egg Laid! – Dorset Barn Owls – UK
    1st egg laid late last night 3/24/24. We should see another egg about 48 hours or so after the 1st egg was laid.
  • 9TH Egg Laid!! – 831 Barn Owl Cam
    Here we go. 9 eggs! I’ve never seen a Barn Owl lay that many eggs. The 9th egg was first seen today, but most likely was laid yesterday or the day before just by looking at the timeline. Wow! 1st egg 2/26/242nd egg 2/28/243rd egg 3/01/244th egg 3/03/245th egg 3/05/246th egg 3/07/247th egg 3/09/248th egg…
  • 8TH Egg Laid! – 831 Barn Owl Nest Cam
    We are up to 8 eggs at the 831 Barn Owls. 😳1st egg 2/26/242nd egg 2/28/243rd egg 3/01/244th egg 3/03/245th egg 3/05/246th egg 3/07/247th egg 3/09/248th egg 3/11/24
  • 6TH Egg Laid! – 831 Barn Owl Nest Cam
    Momma 831 laid her 6th egg yesterday(3/7/24). That’s gonna be a full nest box! Barn Owls always start incubation after the 1st egg is laid. Eggs hatch in the order of which they were laid. In general, the eggs are incubated for 29-34 days before hatching. That means we can look for the hatching mania…

How they pick a mate:

Recent research has shown that males prefer to breed with females with plenty of spots on their thighs, a unique feature that seems to reflect a birds health.

Where Barn Owls nest:

Barn Owls are not just in barns, but also can be found in churches and other buildings, including natural sites such as caves and tree-holes.

I see the owlets, but where are the parents?

During the first couple weeks after the owlets hatch the female will remain in the box during the day with the owlets. The male will stay close bye perched in a nearby tree during daylight hours. Once the owlets reach a certain size(usually a couple weeks from when they hatch) the female will leave the box and perch in a nearby tree during the day along with the male. At night the male and female both take turns feeding the owlets and then return to their perch by morning.

How long before eggs hatch:

The owlets hatch out after about 30 days. The female begins incubation immediately after the 1st egg is laid. This means every egg will hatch on a different day. It will be another 3 months or more before they are independent after they hatch.

What is a pip?

A pip hole is a tiny hole that the eaglet inside the egg makes with its “egg tooth” (a sharp little point at the end of its beek) in the outside shell when it first starts to hatch.

Adult Female Barn Owl

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2023-02-27 14_16_28-(1) Oceanside Barn Owls – 2023.jpg

About the Nest:

There is no real “nest”, the female just lays the 4-7 eggs right on the floor, usually among old owl pellets.

Characteristics and Habitat
Size: 13-17 inches (33-35 cm)
Weight: 10-21oz (275-600g)
Migration: Nonmigrant
Habitat: Farmland, Marshes, Prairie and Desert
Population: Fairly Common Resident, Although Numbers Have Decreased In Recent Years.

The light at night: 

Yes, they do have a light shining on them all night long. However, the light is called infrared and can’t be seen by humans or animals. Only cameras can pick it up. If you walked out to that nest at night it would look pitch black outside.

The Barn Owl looks unlike other owls, it has a peculiar heart-shaped face and small, black eyes. The arrangement reflects how it uses its senses. The eyes are of secondary importance in hunting prey; it is the ears that are used primarily. Its round face helps to amplify sounds, while the silent flight, typical of all owls, keeps background noise to a minimum. The ears are not symmetrical on the head, the left side is higher on the skull than the right. This means that sound traveling from below or above will arrive at one ear before the other, and this delay helps the owl to distinguish which direction the sound is coming from. The Barn Owl has three-dimensional hearing. It can catch food in complete and total darkness.