WBU Owl Cam!

The owlets have successfully fledged. Thank you for watching and enjoying Hickory & Pignut on Owl Cam 2021 as Hickory & Pignut.

The owls returned to the nest box this spring. Two eggs were laid, the first on March 8th and the second on March 11th. The eggs then hatched on April 9th and April 11th. From incubation, to bringing all sorts of food to the nest box, preening, and more–Mama and Papa Owl were both very busy taking care of Hickory and Pignut. The owlets grew and grew, then finally fledged in mid-May. Just like that, the season ended just as quickly as it began.

Click here to see a note from Jim Carpenter about the owl naming selection process and how he chose the winning names

Pignut, the younger owlet, branches



Hickory, the elder owlet, branches



Owl Cam Timeline:

First egg laid: March 8, 2021
Second egg laid: March 11, 2021
Incubation typically lasts 28 – 33 days from when the first or second egg is laid.

First egg hatched: April 9, 2021 at 7:50pm
Second egg hatched: April 11, 2021 at 8:30am
Nestling period lasts approximately 28-35 days.

First owlet fledged: May 14, 2021 at 8:42pm
Second owlet fledged: May 15, 2021 at 4:19pm
To learn more about Barred Owls visit All About Birds by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.