05/29/2005: "May 22-23: Waiting"
Daytime on the 22nd was much the same as usual, only with 2 owlets: flapping practice inside the box, and an occasional nest-material-scattering frenzy. Meanwhile, we found the fledgling way up in the canopy of the nestbox tree. It was in a cluster of leaves, with a parent at the base of the branch about 5 ft in and down from the owlet. Nothing would be able to approach the owlet from below without getting past the parent. We didn't find Mr. Owl in the bush behind the nest tree, so it could have been either parent up there. Later in the day, the owlet was still up there, but there was no parent visible up there. Mr. Owl was back in the bush behind the nestbox tree.
During the night, the owlets were quite cooperative with each other. They mostly alternated in the entranceway. They didn't stay up for great lengths of time (10-20 min), and when one came down, the other went up. During the middle part of the night (10pm-5am) the entranceway was mostly empty. There were very few feedings during this time (about 5), with the parent coming into the box a couple of times (once with a gecko). The parents may either be concentrating on feeding the fledged owlet, or be withholding food to encourage the other two to fledge. During the last part of the night (5-6:30am), they began to take short stints in the entryway again.