2019-2020 Timeline


Nov. 19 - Installed New Inside Camera

Mid-Nov. - Gertrude starts coming more into the Nest Box

Mid-Dec. – Gertrude starts nesting

Dec. 17 – Gertrude Calls Gerald to Bring Food

First Clutch

Jan. 3 – 1st egg laid

Jan. 6 – 2nd egg laid

Jan. 8 – 3rd egg laid

Jan. 10 - 4th egg laid

Jan. 12 - 5th egg laid

Jan. 15 - 6th egg laid

Jan. 17 - 7th egg laid

Feb. 6 – 1st Hatch - Gidget

Feb. 7 – 2nd Hatch – Geoffrey

Feb. 9 – 3rd Hatch – Gerry (male)

Feb. 11 – 4th Hatch - Gwen

Feb. 13 – 5th Hatch - Gary

Feb. 14 – 6th Hatch – Ginger (Ends up being a male - Gin)

Feb. 18 – 7th Hatch - Groot

Feb. 29 – Gertrude leaves nest to help Gerald with hunting but returns during the day

March 14 – Gertrude doesn’t come back to nest in the morning

Apr. 3 – 1st Owlet Fledges @ 2:08am (57 days old)

  • Mom flies in to help
  • 2nd Owlet Fledges @11:31pm (55 days old)

Apr. 6 – 3rd Owlet Fledges @ 22:53pm (56 days old)

  • 4th Owlet Fledges @ 23:27pm (54 days old)

Apr. 11 – 5th Owlet Fledges @ 3:16am (57 days old)

Apr. 13 – 6th Owlet Fledges @ 19:43pm (58 days old)

Apr. 16 – 7th Owlet Fledges @ 11:18pm (57 days old)

Apr. 17 – 1st time Mom and Dad come back into the nest after babies fledge in the early evening - mate

  • Baby #6 comes in after Mom and Dad and is aggressive towards mom

Apr. 18 – G & G back in box at dusk…aggressive baby comes back in again

Apr. 20 - After babies leave nest, mom and dad come in & mate. then #6 comes in and is aggressive again

  • Mom protects herself & leaves

Apr. 23 (am)– Dad brings in food & mom follows - mate. Gertrude looks like she’s starting to prepare for nesting again

  • Male Owlet (#6 - Gin) steals food & is very aggressive towards mom and afterward mom has eye injury
  • (pm) - Dad comes in to be with mom but baby continues to be aggressive & gets between them

Apr. 24 pm - Mom & dad in box & meet with more aggression. Later, baby leaves & mom cleans

Apr. 25 – 1st morning with no babies in the nest box

Apr. 27 – Gertrude is back in the nest box

Second Clutch

May 5 – 1st egg laid - Gertrude comes back in box during day to lay egg

    May 8 – 2nd egg laid

    May 10 – 3rd egg laid

    May 12 – 4th egg laid

    May 14 – 5th egg laid

    May 16 – 6th egg laid

    May 20 – 7th egg laid

    June 8 – 1st Hatch – Galaxy Galileo

    June 10 – 2nd Hatch – Giana (Ends up being a male - Giovani)

    June 12 – 3rd Hatch – Giselle (Ravens disconnect wires - no video)

    June 13 - Gertrude leaves nest - had to reset cam connection

    June 14 – 4th Hatch - Gracie

    June 20 – 5th Hatched Late – Gabby

    June 25 - Lost Gabby early…she was just too young and weak to make it

    End of June – Last two eggs don't hatch - not viable

    July 5 – Lost Baby owlet, Giselle

    • She was not the littlest - too big. Unsure of why except that it could have been the heat or that the parents had stayed away till later on the 4th because of the fireworks (we think) & didn't bring much food...could have been either or both
    • She ends up passing on in the afternoon and mom finds her expired

    July 11 – Baby owlet, Gracie, falls out of nest box 5pm because of heat

    • She is taken to wildlife rehab, but she doesn’t make it

    July 12 – Another baby owlet, Giovani, jumps out of nest box 3:48pm

    • He is not injured so is able to be placed back into nest.
    • We end up taking both babies out of the nest until later when it cools down and before mom shows up to feed

    July 24 - Gertrude is still coming into the box to help the babies eat & break off smaller pieces for them

    Aug. 12 – 1st owl fledges (65 days old)

    Aug. 14 – 2nd owl fledges (65 days old)

    Sept. 6 – No Babies in box in the morning - They still come back to the box at dusk calling for food

    Sept. 8 - G & G come beck to the back with sweet callings after 2nd clutch fledges 

    Sept. 9 - Galaxy comes into box with a neck injury

    Sept. 17 – Babies no longer come around

    • Gerald & Gertrude are both around at night occasionally coming in the box

    Sept. 23 – Gerald calls Gertrude back into the box

    Oct. – Gerald is around more than Gertrude – She comes around less & less

    Oct. 18 – New Box Installed - Both come to check it out

    Nov. 1 - Someone goes to the water bowl in the chicken yard

    Nov. 8 - Newbie curious of the new nest box - attempts to get in

    Nov. 9 – Newbie visiting the nest box – Looks like a young male. We think it's Giovani!

    Nov. 10 – Gerald & Gertrude are trying to help newbie to understand he is not welcome

    • Newbie comes inside the box

      Nov. 11 - Someone looks like its hunting - possibly Gertrude

      Nov. 12 - New Female comes to the box. We think it might be Galaxy!

      Nov. 15 - Newbie is still hanging around - Gertrude chases off

      Nov. 18-19 - Young owlets still hanging around

      Nov. 22 - Gertrude hunts at the duck water bowl

      Nov. 23 - Another hunt from the perch

      • Later - New female in the box again

      Nov. 25 -  G & G are hanging around the nest more - keeping an eye out

      Nov. 28 - Another hunt but outside box cam was frozen - keep an eye on the large picture

      Nov. 30 - Another strike at the duck water bowl

      Dec. 1 - Lots of drinking from the water bowl tonight 

      Dec. 2 - Gertrude seems to be attempting to hunt off the fence

      Dec. 3 - Another attempted hunt off the fence

      Dec. 5 - Well, it's been quite a busy night tonight around the nest box! Our new little visitor came back to the nest box again.

      • We believe it might be Giovani because it looked like him later in the box.

      • He gets chased around by either Gerald or Gertrude all night off and on!
      • Keep your eyes out in the left corner of the large area over the barn and perch area! They are flying around a lot in this video!
      • Clip Here to see the clip!
      • Also, Gertrude (we think) hunts off screen!

      Dec. 7 - So, we were looking through the feed and happened to see some movement down around my piggy's pen.

      • Caught a little video of someone landing in her pen by her water bowl seemingly to get a drink of water, then it flies over to our new perch and sits for a bit.
      • It was kind of different behavior than we've seen before, so we thought we'd go ahead and capture it!
      • Click Here to see the clip!

      Dec. 19 - 1st Mating at the box!

      Dec. 23 - Newbie gets chased away again!

      Dec. 26 - Gerald & Gertrude in the box for some snuggles!

      Dec. 29 - Chase scene with intruder again!

      • Intruder chased off again later on! He's sure persistent tonight!
      • Gertrude & Gerald mate in box.

      Dec. 30 - G & G are spending more time at the box. Definitely, keeping an eye on  it!

      • G & G mate 3x during the night.

      Dec. 31 - Couple spends a lot of time in box!

      Jan. 2 - Gerald & Gertrude are looking like they are moving closer to nesting time:

      • Lots of time in the nest
      • Snuggles
      • Mated 7x tonight! Wow!

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