September 26, 2016 - 4:17 pm

Partner of the Month: The Owl Channel

Editor’s note: What can you see on MeShare animal cams? Cats, dogs, horses, reptiles, and of course birds. Not just regular birds, this month we are featuring owls, the bird embodying wisdom and vision, brought to you by The Owl Channel.

 

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The Owl Channel is located in Chula Vista, CA. What started as a backyard owl box project turned into a wildlife experience viewed around the world. Shortly after the owl box was constructed in 2010, a pair of barn owls claimed the box and started breeding. A camera was installed inside the box and a Website was created for live streaming. The live video has been broadcast from the owl box 24/7 ever since and additional cameras were installed to view the activity outside of the box.

The Hideout

The Hideout (left) The Lookout (middle) and Outpost (right) house outside cameras

 

The owl box, nicknamed the Hideout, has been home to three breeding pairs of barn owls. Over 30 eggs have hatched in the Hideout over the years and most of the owlets reached full maturity. This is a tremendous accomplishment. California has been in a drought for years and the barn owl’s food supply of mice, rats, gophers and rabbits has been affected. The site owners, Mike and Angela, have provided supplemental food as necessary to ensure the survival of the barn owls.

Outside the Hideout

 

The current pair of barn owls occupying the Hideout are named Hans and Didi. Didi is currently nesting on eggs that will start hatching near the end of September into early October. Didi will stay in the Hideout to feed the owlets until the youngest is a few weeks old. Hans will not stay with the eggs or owlets. He will roost away from the Hideout during the day and hunt at night. Hans will bring prey to the Hideout and hand it off to Didi. She will then shred the prey into small pieces and feed the owlets. When the owlets are old enough to feed themselves, Didi will join Hans away from the Hideout. Hans and Didi will both hunt and bring the prey to the owlets until the owlets learn to hunt for themselves.

 

Live Owl Cam:

 

Hans and Didi’s 5th Clutch, egg laid times

  • Egg #1 August 27th 2:37 pm
  • Egg #2 August 29th 6:25 pm
  • Egg #3 September 1st 11:48 am
  • Egg #4 September 3rd 8:06 pm
  • Egg #5 September 6th 1:28 pm

The eggs are expected to hatch starting Sunday, September 25th, 2016, follow The Owl Channel on Facebook to get updates!

Here’s a video of Didi’s fourth egg.

Didi and the Clutch

 

The owlets will step outside the Hideout for the first time when they are around 60 days old. By this time, they will have transformed into full grown owls. They will take short flights to nearby trees and then return. During the next few weeks, the owlets will venture further and further from the Hideout and eventually roost outside during the day. The owlets will continue to visit the Hideout at night for a few more weeks or so. Soon after, the owlets will leave the Hideout for good and start their own barn owl family a distance away.

Hans and Didi

 

The Owl Channel’s Website www.owlchannel.com provides a complete history of prior barn owl pairs and their offspring. On the Website’s main page, there are links to watch live streaming of the 4 cameras provided by MeShare along with links to many other owl boxes with live streaming. Another unique feature of the Owl Channel Website is a chat room alongside the camera streams. The chat room is active 24/7 and is hosted by site moderators who interact with chatters and provide useful up to date information. The moderators also provide links to pictures and videos created by other viewers. The Website also has a Fan Page. Viewers can submit artwork, poems and stories related to owls. While the Fan Page is geared toward school aged children, viewers of all ages are encourage to submit their work for all to see and enjoy.

 

Donations are accepted to help Mike and Angela with the operating costs and supplemental feeding. A single barn owl can eat thousands of rodents per year. When supplemental feeding is necessary, it is very expensive. Donations can be made via PayPal by visiting the Owl Channel Website or by mail by contacting Angela at ang@owlchannel.com.

 

Credit: Some photos are captured by Lv.Owls, most photos and videos recorded with MeShare/Zmodo cameras.

 

The MeShare Animal Cam Program periodically gives away WiFi live streaming cameras to ALL eligible animal shelters and rescues across the US. If you are from an animal shelter/rescue please fill in the camera request form. If you’re not please send your request to Wayne at livedemo@meshare.com.

2 thoughts on “Partner of the Month: The Owl Channel

  1. Robin says:

    Hello,
    I have been trying to find a solution as to why when watching the Owl Channel and MeShare cams, on my iMac I cannot control the volume lever or the enlarge/reduce image functions. I am up to dat ewith Adobe flash player, and when I right click for settings, the window just freezes and I can’t make any changes.. You would be able to advise me?Thank you very much

    1. meshare_admin says:

      Hi Robin, sorry for taking a bit long to reply as this blog is not monitored. I suggest that you go directly to pets.meshare.com and search for owl channel in the search box, that way you can see the videos in their native webpage. Hope that helps, also feel free to join the animal cam watch group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mesharepartners/

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