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By Gary Bogue
Monday, April 23rd, 2007 at 9:10 am in Barn Owl.

Check out Benicia’s baby barn owls on the netcam at
There’s been so much bad news to talk about these last few weeks … contaminated pet foods being recalled … now what do we feed our pets? … stopping puppy mills … what’s really in pet foods? … I think it’s time to talk about something pleasant for a change.

Like the cute little fuzzy barn owl chicks that have just hatched out in a special nest box in Benicia. The barn owl chicks are being raised by their barn owl parents, Frida and Diego.

What makes this particular nest box so special is the fact that there is a video camera focused on the interior of the box so you can watch the baby barn owls growing up, 24/7. It’s really fun!

Here’s a note I just received from Scott Zoog, the nice man who set up the nest box and has been photographing those little owls for us for the last few years:

Hi OwlFans!
The much anticipated 7th hatching finally occurred on Friday! Here is a nice shot of the empty egg just moments after Frida helped the 7th owlet out of it:

Here is another good shot at feeding time, at least five owlets can be seen:

Until Next Time, Happy Owl Watching! (Scott,

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For those of you who are REALLY interested in peeking into some nest boxes of other bird species around the country, you can also check out the nestbox cams at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Have fun! /Gary

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  1. jd1849 Says:

    Wonderful animals…

  2. To: jd1849 Says:

    Indeed … /Gary

  3. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Aren’t they GREAT!! I’ve been watching for a few years now. I laughed out loud the other night watching the oldest owlet try to figure out how to eat a WHOLE rodent!! (It didn’t work; mom had to help & do a little shredding!) They’re MUCH better than watching TV!! I hope they all make it!!

    Pat in Antioch

  4. Gary Says:

    Hi Pat:
    Oh, they’ll make it. /Gary

  5. Britney Says:

    I really want an owl please..i will give you 5 bucks!!

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