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The Howie and Holly Nestbox Cam

The owlets have left the nest to join their parents. Please enjoy this 1 hour excerpt and the highlight reel on the right.

Update: At 11:01 pm May 1st 2019 the second owlet has left the nestbox to join its sibling and their parents in the life outside the box. They will stay with their parents for 5 more weeks outside the nestbox learning to fly and hunt.We enjoyed following their journey all the way from February and hope they strive in the real world! Thank you for watching! Scroll down to watch their story progress through clips.

Howie and Holly are Western Screech-owls in northwest Tucson, Arizona. Screech-owls are sexually dimorphic in size so the bigger owl you see is the female, Holly and the smaller one is the male, Howie. When it’s cold they both puff up and it’s hard to tell by size but you can see a bit of a white arch on the back of Holly’s head.

Owls will use nestboxes year-round for roosting and during breeding season for nesting. Check out the timeline on the right side of the page to see if you missed anything.

This live-feed camera is part of Tucson Audubon’s Desert Nestbox Initiative and is made possible by donations.

Questions or comments? Email us at nestbox@tucsonaudubon.org

Follow along with clips from Howie and Holly timeline.

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June 7 2019. Howie and Holly visit the nestbox for the first time since they left

May 1 2019. The second owlet leaves the nestbox, then mom comes looking for it.

April 30 2019. One of the owlets leaves the nest!

April 29 2019. Sibling rivalry when dad brings food

April 25 2019. Both owlets in the window waiting for food delivery

April 21 2019. Owlet getting curious about the life outside the nestbox

April 18 2019. A timelapse of the very active owlets

April 15 2019. At two weeks old the owlets are learning to use their wings.

April 8 2019. Baby owlets a little over a week old, growing dark plumage and opening their eyes for the first time!

April 8 2019. Baby owlet tries to stand tall but faceplants on soft wood shavings.

April 6 2019. Owlet loses the moth dad brought in, mom comes to the rescue

April 5 2019. Howie brings a huge Sphinx Moth for Holly

April 1 2019. Howie and Holly are feeding the two chicks! Zoomed in

March 28 2019. Howie and Holly welcome two chicks overnight!

March 26 2019. Parents patiently preening each other. Eggs due to hatch any day now!

March 15 2019. Allopreening a.k.a owl kisses

March 11 2019. Pesky fly is back!

March 11 2019. Sweet couple interaction

March 8 2019. Holly turns her eggs to ensure even incubation

March 8 2019. Holly’s interesting knocking behavior

March 6 2019. Howie feeds Holly while she is incubating

March 1 2019. Howie brings a bird for Holly a first in the usual menu of mice.

February 28 2019. Howie feeds Holly as she is sitting on the eggs.

February 28 2019. Howie brings a mouse for Holly. Holly is impressed.

February 27 2019. Fun little clip of Howie stretchems

February 25 2019. Holly shimmies on her 4 eggs to keep them all warm

February 25 2019. FOURTH egg is revealed when Holly takes a lunch break!

February 22 2019. Third egg revealed in the day light!

February 22 2019. See the magical moment Holly lays her THIRD egg!

February 22 2019. Holly comes in for a soft landing on top of her eggs.

February 21 2019. Holly and Howie are fighting over a mouse snack. Guess who wins?

February 20 2019. Holly and Howie engage in allopreening to strengthen their pair bond.

February 19 2019. Holly reveals TWO EGGS for the first time as Howie is keeping a watchful eye on the household.

February 17 2019. Holly with a kangaroo rat snack

February 16 2019. Intruder alert! Howie and Holly stare down a fly

February 15 2019. Howie brings a present to the new mother but has to go find her first

February 15 2019. First egg! A Valentine’s Day miracle! View the timelapse.

February 12 2019. Holly begging for attention from Howie

February 11 2019. Howie gets spooked by a Cooper’s Hawk (audio on).

February 11 2019. Howie and Holly allopreen each other to strengthen their pair bond.

February 9 2019. Howie and Holly exchange courting calls

February 8 2019. Howie scratches the nestbox floor to make a “nest”

February 8 2019. Howie calls for Holly to inspect their new home, newly equipped with a camera.

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

color_square_face_right

Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447