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Barn owls (not partridges) in a palm (not a pear) tree

Barn owls in palm tree. Photo by Linda Cruz, Clayton, CA
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I thought you might like this photo for your wildlife shots.  I continue to take photos each day of the owls in our unsightly palm tree.  I love watching the owls take flight just as the sun goes down and the different sounds they make communicating.  It is so awesome.  And I cannot believe how many pellets they drop each day.  It is amazing to see the tiny bones and huge teeth in the pellets.
Linda Cruz, Clayton, California

What beautiful barn owls!
Your “unsightly” palm trees are known by owls and other birds (squirrels and sometimes raccoons) as “Wildlife Condos” because of all the nooks and crannies that make excellent nesting spots. Show me a palm tree and I’ll show you a lot of happy, nesting wild birds!

The “pellets” you’re talking about are the undigested remains of fur and bone that the owls regurgitate after each rodent meal. Owls swallow rats, mice and gophers whole. What they can’t digest (bone, fur) gets coughed up later as a furry pellet that lands on the ground. Scientists often collect and dissect these pellets to expose rodent skeletons so they can study what the owls have been eating. Clever people, these scientists! By the way, the fact that these two owls are coughing up so many pellets every day indicates they may be feeding baby owls up there. /Gary

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011
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Local wildlife: Great photos by Dave Harper of Oakley

Baby barn owls. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Just got this letter and photographs from Dave Harper of Oakley, Calif. Dave is one of our many talented local photographers who periodically e-mails me wonderful photos of local wildlife he has taken. Here are some more of Dave’s goodies. Enjoy yourself. /Gary

I’m sending recent photos of wildlife I have seen. Thanks to my friend Thom for allowing a special photo opportunity to capture baby barn owls in one of his large hay barns.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Under: Barn Owl, Ospreys, Owls, Wildlife, Wolves | No Comments »


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,

** To join TheOwlList and receive regular e-mail updates on what’s happening with the baby owls, send a blank e-mail to:

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

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2007
Under: Barn Owl | 5 Comments »

Watch Frida & Diego Barn Owl raise their family

Take a look! Frida has now laid four eggs and is incubating them in her nest!

Frida and Diego Barn Owl live in a nest box in the Benicia Arsenal. Their every move is monitored by a video camera (webcam) and you can observe the results live, 24/7, on the Internet. Just dial your computer to and enjoy.

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2007
Under: Barn Owl | 1 Comment »

Prolific barn owls

Here it is September 1 and I’m lying here in bed listening to baby barn owls screaming for their parents to bring them some gophers to eat. This is the third family of barn owl chicks that prolific pair of barn owls has raised since last spring in the Monterey pine tree just down the hill from my house.

Anybody else getting this kind of barn owl population boom near your house? I’d like to hear about it if you are. Just click on "Comments" (below) and let me know the particulars. (How many families raised this year, how many chicks if you know, when, city or town where you live, nearest cross streets, anything else?)

Just curious.

Posted on Friday, September 1st, 2006
Under: Babies, Barn Owl | 4 Comments »

Watch barn owls raise their chicks on an “Owl Cam”

Frida and Diego are two barn owls that live in a nestbox in the attic of a warehouse in Benicia, CA. A video camera was installed in the nest box a few years ago and you can actually watch the owls live (24/7) as they incubate their eggs and raise their chicks. To date, this year, Frida has layed four eggs.

It’s a fun Web site. Check it out at:

Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
Under: Barn Owl, Web Cam, Wildlife | 2 Comments »