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Molly, McGee and the Owlets


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Molly & McGee Web Cams & Chat

  • Live Owl Nest Box Cam at Sportsman's Paradise Online. With threaded chat. Main meeting place for contributors to this site.
  • The Owl Box at UStream: Official Molly the Owl HQ w/moderated chat (where Carlos hangs out)  

Or http://theowlbox1.com/Molly/OwlBox1.html

Or http://theowlbox1.com/Molly/Owlbox2.html


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Media Coverage  Click on this to go to the Media Coverage page


Background Information on Carlos & Donna Royal


Tips for MODs


Fledging vs "Branching" vs Flying, courtesy of Merritt:

Sources vary as to when fledging begins, but most say from 50 to 60 days. Fledging for barn owls is a long process. It begins with the first step out of the nest,  progresses to “branching,” where they hop around and flap their wings, and ends around day 80 by flying away for good. Also, barn owls like to fledge with a buddy, so Max might delay his first step out so Pattison will go with him. 


How to distinguish between Molly and McGee deliveries, courtesy James Hill: 

  • McGee almost never uses the perch, instead landing directly at the door.  
  • Molly almost always uses the perch.  
  • McGee almost always leaves flying toward the camera left. Molly almost always leaves camera right.  
  • McGee almost never stays longer than the 2 seconds required to throw food at the owlets. Molly almost always sticks around, at least briefly.


Barn owl communication

Anyone watching Molly and her brood will be very familiar with these sounds:

Barn owls communicate with vocalizations and physical displays. Owlets still in the nest utter several distinct vocalizations, including a twitter used to express discomfort, attention-seeking, and when quarreling with nestmates. Young also give a raspy snoring food call. Adults use a variety of vocalizations, including the advertising call, a drawn-out gargling scream that is probably the best known call. The distress call is a series of drawn-out screams. Other vocalizations include a defensive hissing sound, a fast, often prolonged, twitter for feeding, and an explosive yell that is usually directed at a mammalian predator. Also, greeting and conversational twitters seem to convey recognition of mate and accompany various courtship activities. Barn owls are much less vocal when not breeding.


Barn owls endangered status

Although the common barn owl is not listed on the U.S. endangered species list, many states—including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin—have classified the owl as threatened or endangered.


How to spot an MOD

By Web Inspector Adam Z. Curry

MODs, commonly referred to as crazy owl people, owl freaks, and weirdowls, are people with the mental illness Molly Obsessive Disorder. You can usually spot these people by the way they act. Some symptoms include burnt food, high Internet bill, constant use of the word owl, and constant call-in orders to the pizza place. Try to stay away from them because the disorder they have is contagious. Other symptoms include lack of interest in daily life, neck trouble, weight gain due to inactivity, and owl behavior, i.e., staying awake all night and sleeping all day. Also wing stretching, which is really arm stretching, but we think we are owls now, so there, and practicing standing on one leg when we think we are not being observed. Trying to produce a pellet requires specialist treatment and probably confinement










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