The First Screech Owl Chick Has Hatched

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Bird Conservation, Coastal Conservation | 0 comments

This year the screech owl pair we’ve been watching in Jensen Beach ended up having a total of 4 eggs. The first egg was laid on March 10, 2013, the second on March 13, third on March 15 and the fourth on March 17. The pair of owls we observed last year also had 4 eggs and three hatched so it will be interesting to see how many chicks are produced from this clutch.

Here’s a look at the total clutch for 2013

On April 14, 2013, the first chick was hatched at the Jensen Beach owl box, a full 35 days since the first egg was laid on March 10. The average incubation time for screech owl eggs is 26 – 30 days. It may be that the first egg didn’t hatch and one of the other eggs did. The second egg has been incubating for 32 days, the third for 30 days and the fourth has been incubating for 28 days. These are closer to the average incubation times for screech owls.  The next egg should hatch by April 16th or 17th. Until then enjoy the video clips below and turn your sound up so you can hear the chick chirp for it’s mother (the chick is the moving thing that looks like a cotton ball). Check back soon for updates!

The male brings food to the female so she can feed the chick that’s under her.
You can hear the chick calling for food!

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